Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 23, A.D. 2002
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"From the one who has not, even what he seems to have will be taken
away." (see Luke 8:18)
Many have experienced the heartbreak of raising children in a loving,
morally sound home, yet later seeing them adopt a lifestyle totally at
odds with their upbringing. Too often parents are unjustly blamed or
personally bear guilt over their seeming failure; but the truth is that
each of us has been endowed by God with a free will, and the lures and
values of this world create the illusion that they offer far greater
freedoms and pleasures. Unfortunately they have not only broken the two
most precious bonds, those of God and family, but they have also assumed
a far greater bondage to sensory experiences that can never satisfy
their deepest yearnings. Their lives become a restless searching for
more and better sensations, conditions and relationships.
If earthly parents mourn the loss of their children to worthless,
harmful pursuits, how much greater must be the pain of the infinite,
loving and all-giving God when He sees His most noble creation separate
itself from Him, the very source of true life, for the worthless and
perishable "goods" of this world.
Today's Gospel speaks of God's new life offered us in Christ. Those
accepting this gift will grow spiritually rich, fulfill their humanity
by leading fruitful lives and so find peace and joy. Those rejecting
God's invitation will never find rest, for they have enslaved themselves
to a frantic searching for earthly gratifications that only result in a
growing dissatisfaction and inner emptiness.
may Your light given to the faithful
illumine others' way out of this world's darkness.
Marie L. Bocko ocds (email@example.com)
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