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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

September 16, A.D. 2002

1 Corinthians 11:17-26,33
Psalm 40:7-10,17
Luke 7:1-10

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"...not even in Israel have I found such faith." (Luke 7:9)

Today we celebrate the memorial of two martyrs, men who carried their faith to heroic lengths, choosing to die rather than compromise their love for Christ, His truth and His Church. We must thank such courageous individuals for helping to preserve the integrity of the Christian message. The "worldly" would scoff at such behavior, for they know nothing of God's humility, His self-giving and saving love that is shown us in His saints. Like the Corinthians, berated by Paul, those of this world may participate in external religious rituals, but their hearts remain untouched by Christ's Spirit and His sanctifying grace. And also, like the Corinthians, they fail to show a proper reverence during the most solemn of communal meals commemorating our Lord's death and resurrection.

True faith in God begins with our recognition of the One who was sent by Him - God's Word - Who alone is holy and who alone possesses power and authority over all things. The Centurion demonstrates a true faith, for His heart was open to God and so he was able to see Christ as the only hope of saving his beloved servant from death. Humbly, he makes his request, fully trusting in God's mercy and compassion.

Today's Psalm is a fitting summary of what God desires from the "faithful." He does not desire empty rituals and sacrifices. He instead wishes us to enter into a love relationship with Him. He delights in our learning to know Him and His will, and, by the grace He extends to us, carry it out in our every thought, word and deed. It is His faithful followers who will inspire others to follow in His ways, who will assure that the Good News will continue to be proclaimed in each generation.

Lord of all,
imbue us with a faith that gives us hope of a new life
and the will and ability to practice true charity.

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

For the saint, feast or memorial of this day

Ss. Cornelius, pope, martyr and Cyprian, bishop, martyr


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