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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

September 28, A.D. 2002

Ecclesiates 11:9--12:8
Psalm 90:3-4,5-6,12-13,14,17
Luke 9:43b-45

A reflection on today's Sacred Scripture:

The gospel reading for today tells us that Christ tried to inform His apostles about His impending death on the cross. The reading is the salvation message wrapped in the arms of humanity.

First, as He begins to tell the apostles, He asked that they keep all these thoughts in their hearts and ponder about the message. (That is a suggestion that remains appropriate for us to do regarding scripture and significant happenings in our lives.)

Christ then uses His favorite title for Himself, "The Son of Man"....will be delivered into the hands of men. He reminds us that it was as man that He willingly mounted His deathbed of the cross. That death would be accomplished by men.

The apostles responded in a human way to the message. It is as though they started their grief process at that point. The information was so horrific for them that as humans they were in shock and denial. They were not able to comprehend what Christ had told them.

Christ became human and lived in our human conditions. He knows all about our human nature. Our roles on earth are accomplished via our humanity, our human nature. Human life, in all it's stages and places has been lifted up by the humanity of Christ and is deserving of endless respect. Many of our earthly problems, such as greed, search for power, wars, are caused because we forget that basic truth. We are made in the image and likeness of God! Let us try to remember that wonderful fact and act likewise!

- Joan of Jesus, ocds (jmurphy@utica.edu)

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