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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 1, A.D. 2002

Job 3:1-3,11-17,20-23
Psalm 88:2-8
Luke 9:51-56

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"Lord, do you want us to call down fire . . . "

Today is the memorial of St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, commonly known as "The Little Flower." This question, phrased in another sense is a perfect tribute to the spirit of St. Therese.

The disciples were asking Jesus if they could destroy those who detracted from Jesus and mocked his teaching. Jesus rebukes His own disciples and moves on. However, if we ask the same question with a different intent, I suspect that Jesus would have a different answer for us. "Lord, do you want us to call down fire to consume them?" Think: Holy Spirit. What could be more wonderful than to call down the gift of the Holy Spirit to set the world aflame, to consume it.

This was the desire of St. Therese's heart. More than anything she wanted the whole world on fire with the love that she felt for God. She proclaimed that she would spend her heaven "doing good on Earth." As patroness of the Missions, she is constantly interceding with God for all the intentions of His holy servants in the missions. She serves to call down the Holy Spirit into parts of the world that heretofore has heard nothing of Him. She works with God to set all aflame.

Yes, God does want us to call down the fire of the Spirit to consume everyone. He does want us to love the world into substantial change, not to destroy it. St. Therese of Lisieux is one of many great saints who shows us how to do this.

- JuandelaCruz, TOCarm (sriddle415@yahoo.com)

For the saint, feast or memorial of this day

St. Therese of the Child Jesus


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