Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 1, A.D. 2002
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For the saint, feast or memorial of this day
St. Therese of the Child Jesus
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