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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

September 23, A.D. 2002

Proverbs 3:27-34
Psalm 15:2-5
Luke 8:16-18

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.

Blessed Lord,
may Your light given to the faithful
illumine others' way out of this world's darkness.

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

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