Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 1, A.D. 2001
1 Kings 19:16,19-21
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Christ's words to the young man, "Let the dead bury their dead" may seem harsh, but only because they are not understood in the context of Jesus' day. In the "east" there was then a tradition that a man was not free to leave home until he had fulfilled his duties to his father. This young man's father was undoubtedly still alive and likely to live for many more years.
Jesus' wisdom saw that if the man let this moment's impulse to follow Him pass by, the chances were that upon his return home he would find many reasons not to go back. Our Lord knew that we humans are besieged by many weaknesses that impede our following His call -- laziness, fear, procrastination, indecision and selfishness.
The lures of this world are very strong (money, security, success, power, esteem) and often overpower our finest impulses. One wonders how many of our young people today are being seduced by the world's empty and temporary promises into saying, "no" to Christ's call to the priesthood and religious life.
Secularism teaches that we are products of a mindless evolution, accountable only to ourselves and become fulfilled through satisfying our individual desires; then life ends in a dusty grave. Christ warns us against our hesitating to get out of this dead society; for as time passes, we become entrenched in the world's ways and lose our vision of far greater blessings.
Marie L. Bocko ocds (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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