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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

September 30, A.D. 2002

Job 1:6-22
Psalm 17:1-3,6-7
Luke 9:46-50

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"For the one who is the least among all of you is the one who is the greatest." (Luke 9:48)

On this memorial of St. Jerome, a staunch defender of the Faith, we are reminded of the Fatherhood of God and how we, as His beloved children, are to relate to Him despite the painful but purifying events He permits in our lives. The fact is that an untried love is not love at all. By God's own admission Job was a faithful, righteous man, yet He allowed him to suffer losses that could crush the spirit and deeply embitter any man who has no knowledge of or love for his heavenly Father. Although Job does not understand the reason for nor the purpose of his misfortunes, he none the less accepts the Father's goodness and sovereignty over all things and, though in the depths of pain, blesses God's name.The writer of Psalm 17 affirms this theme by inviting God's judgment of himself, declaring that though he be tried by fire, he trusts in God's mercy and salvation to those who seek refuge in Him.

Jesus illustrates clearly that the greatest in God's Kingdom is a good and loving child, one who has absolute trust, humility and obedience toward His Father. Those who fasten their eyes on self and seek status and accomplishments can never serve God. It is Jesus Himself who perfectly accepts the Fatherhood of God and abandons Himself to the Divine Will by coming to us as a little child, growing up in a working class home, and laboring as a carpenter. Then, at the proper time set by His Father, He delivered Himself into men's sinful hands and died in agony on a cross to deliver humanity from sin's condemnation. What greater proof of a Father's love can God offer us than to sacrifice His own Son for our sakes?

Jesus who appeared to this world to be the least among men proved to be the greatest. God's wisdom turned Christ's death into new life for those who believe in His Son and follow in His way.

Merciful Father,
help us to reject worldly values,
and through a child-like trust in You,
abandon ourselves to Your loving will,
that we may be admitted into your heavenly kingdom.

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

For the saint, feast or memorial of this day

St. Jerome, Presbyter and Doctor of the Church


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