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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 24, A.D. 2001

Isaiah 49:1-6
Psalm 139:1-3,13-15
Acts 13:22-26
Luke 1:57-66,80

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

To those among you who are God fearing, the word of salvation has been sent. (see: Acts 13:26)

Throughout salvation history God has sent many prophets "to prepare a people fit for the Lord." The Israelites, chosen by God to make Him known to all nations were also afflicted by sin, often wandering far from the love and truth He had revealed to them through His messengers.

But God, infinitely loving and patient, never abandoned them, repeatedly sent prophets calling his people to repentance and renewed faithfulness. These messengers were reviled, persecuted, often slain, sometimes by the religious ruling class who themselves were corrupted, who despised any challenger disturbing their authority and consciences. The prideful, comfortably steeped in sin, tend to react most vehemently when exposed.

We should thank God for raising up those such as John the Baptist, and, in our own age, Pope John Paul II, men so imbued with the love and truth of God that they fearlessly speak out despite ridicule and danger. To this day, our God, though suffering from our most heinous crimes, still sends prophets for our times. They come from all walks of life but share in common the love and truth of God and the courage to speak out against behavior that demeans human life and undermines the social order: killing infants in utero; mocking marriage and the God-established family; promoting promiscuity, obscenity, pornography, greed, exploitation, dishonesty and every corruption of mind and heart.

Yet, silence in the face of moral degeneracy is perhaps an even greater sin.

Father God,
through Your Son cleanse us of every sin and infidelity;
give us courage to uphold your truths
by speaking them in Your love. Amen.



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