Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

A Quiet Place

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 19, A.D. 2001

2 Corinthians 8:1-9
Psalm 146:2,5-9
Matthew 5:43-48

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Those Macedonians had to be an admirable group of Christians -- beset with every imaginable kind of trial, yet not given to grumbling, anger, or recriminations. Instead, they "went the extra mile" in service, a generous spirit, and in joy. No wonder St. Paul commends them. And these were not just a few, these "saints" among them. He includes a large number of people in his praise.

It so fits with the Gospel, which urges us to be complete and whole, as our Father in heaven is complete and whole--to go well beyond the good pagans, and there were any number of naturally good people who were recipients of the Judeo-Christian revelation. No, we cannot content ourselves with strict justice in our relationships or behavior or attitudes -- rather, we are to compete with one another in quietly unselfish, even heroic service. There will never be a time when we can sit back on our laurels and say "enough!" -- for in Christ, there is always "more."

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore (paulwhit@northnet.org)

St. Romuald

http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/

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