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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 8, A.D. 2001

Isaiah 66:10-14
Psalm 66:1-7,16,20
Galatians 6:14-18
Luke 10:1-12,17-20

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Rejoice because your names are written in heaven. (see Luke 10:20)

One wonders how a certain TV preacher plays in heaven. Weekly he broadcasts catchy, I'm OK--You're OK sermons from a palatial church to a conspicuously affluent congregation. His message creates comfort, complacency, self-satisfaction and being "right with God." Is this what Christ intended?

In truth, our only cause for feeling good about ourselves is that God in Christ loved us to the point of suffering and dying for our sin, winning our forgiveness and salvation and offering us a new and eternal life. Also He continuously provides us the grace, guidance and strength to "work out our salvation," make it fully operative in our daily lives. In other words, He endeavors to transform us in His image; for should not the children of God, Christ's brothers and sisters, resemble Him, share in His goodness and holiness?

Christ's message, honestly given, should illumine human hearts, enable them to perceive their true state, their cancer of sin destroying their souls. And here lies the reason that God's messengers face dangers, "like lambs among wolves." The spirit of this world, Satan, has blinded humanity to the truth. He seduces us by playing upon our inate desires for autonomy and self-seeking; he works to extinguish the flame of God's self-giving love meant to abide and grow within human hearts.

Sermons, homilies, should speak God's uncompromised word, arouse our hunger for him, His love, goodness and eternal life.

Blessed Father,
Your Son gave us new life.
May His life in us serve to restore hope to others
and raise up a fallen world. Amen.

Marie L. Bocko ocds (mlbocko@borg.com)


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