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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 22, A.D. 2001

Genesis 18:1-10a
Psalm 15:2-5
Colossians 1:24-28
Luke 10:38-42

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"Mary has chosen the better part..." (Luke 10:42)

Today's Gospel speaks loudly to modern believers who mistakenly think they best serve God through grandiose projects and activities. Their error is separating the "contemplative" (deeply prayerful) way from the active way, whereas God intended these to complement one another.

The contemplative soul doesn't simply sit at Christ's feet meditating on His words of loving wisdom; for these, prayer is an aid to their practicing true charity toward their neighbor. They know they can neither learn to love genuinely nor discern God's will accurately except through prayer and the resultant intimacy with Him.

Mary of the Gospel chose the "better part" because she gave Christ the greater honor of listening to Him before rushing about to serve Him in keeping with her own will rather than His. Doing works without first listening to Jesus renders our actions "sterile." We may feed, clothe, shelter and provide medical help for the needy, but if the Spirit of God is not impelling our actions, they will fail to impart Christ's life to the recipients.

Modern, task-oriented Christians form committees, pray lip-service rather than heart-service to God, formulate impressive plans and rush headlong into completing them. Having relied solely on their own cleverness and energies, they, exhausted but gratified, sit back to praise one another instead of God.

They serve God best, who know and love Him best.

Good Father,
Deepen our prayer,
that Your gift of life may flourish in us
so we may generously share it
with your fallen children. Amen

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

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