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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 5, A.D. 2001

Ecclesiastes 1:2;2:21-23
Psalm 90:3-6,12-14,17
Colossians 3;1-5,9-11
Luke 12:13-21

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

On the Different Riches . . .

What matters to us? According to recent Gospel readings, for many the answer would be, "ourselves:" that is, those of us obsessed with attaining what is important in the world's eyes; satisfying personal desires; taking much leisure; avoiding inconveniences; holding tightly to time, money and acquisitions. In brief, allowing "self" rather than God to reign supreme in human hearts.

Modern thinkers claim that God and His proponents are harsh, unloving, intent on spoiling fun and curtailing freedoms; these they ignore, revile and discard as hopelessly old-fashioned, superstitious and fanatical. Having so declared that they are accountable to no one but themselves, that God is dead or non-existent, their consciences die and they now feel free to use and abuse one another with impunity.

What matters most to God? We humans matter most to Him. His burning desire is to rescue us from our self-made hell: to offer us salvation; give us a new, eternal life; re-create us in His holy image; adopt us as brothers and sisters of Christ, His firstborn.

We tap into this new life by opening ourselves to the eternal, unremitting outpouring of God's love which surrounds us and by allowing the Holy Spirit to cleanse us, empty us of all selfish, self-seeking, greedy ways. Once transformed in His love, (a considerable work requiring time and effort) we are united to God and become truly free to live in holiness, peace, justice and truth here and in eternity.

O Blessed One, You called us to Yourself.
Now through Your Spirit, heal, make whole our hearts and minds,
that we may bring Your new life into this world. Amen.

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

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