Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 12, A.D. 2001
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
To whom much is given, much is expected...... (see: Luke 12:48)
Faith is a God-given gift; to receive it we must desire it and open
ourselves to it by consciously suspending our disbelief. God offers
us this gift because it is by His "grace through faith that we are
saved." (Ephesians 2:8) and God wills all to be saved.
Like all God's gifts, faith is to be dynamic, contribute to God's
kingdom by growing like the mustard seed into a large bush,
sheltering, providing a home for His creatures. Faith should also be
like yeast that spreads throughout the dough, transforming it into
We who are blessed with faith have been given a great treasure we
must not hoard nor gloat over in self-satisfaction. Unless we share
our faith through loving relationships and a moral lifestyle, it is
dead, lifeless instead of life-giving as God intended it to be. For
God's gifts aren't given to edify individuals alone. Our faith is
given us to fulfill the needs of all Christ's people, the strong
strengthening the weak, the rich sharing with the poor, the
knowledgeable enriching the uninformed. We are obligated to draw
others to Christ through a "lived" faith.
Christians, however, must never try to present themselves as
glittering "show pieces," but as totally human, humble people whose
minds and hearts have been genuinely transformed in God's love and
truth. It is commonly known, "all that glitters is not gold."
Almighty God, fill us with true faith.
May we touch other lives with signs of your love
and awaken in them a hunger for You. Amen.
Marie L. Bocko ocds (email@example.com)
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