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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 6, A.D. 2002

Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm 80:9,12-16,19-20
Philippians 4:6-9
Matthew 21:33-43

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Through the ongoing narration of the Old Testament, we have learned the entire saga of the Jewish people - the Exodus, the Promised Land, their falling from grace, their Babylonian Captivity and eventually the coming of the Messiah and then their rejection of Him. The Israelites are the vineyard of today's Scripture readings.

The allegory has significance because the Israelites were set as examples by God to warn us and to show us a microcosm of the greater picture of all humanity for all ages. Through the message of Good News given us by Christ, we have learned in great detail how to respond to God's grace, how to handle spiritual adversity when we're confronted by it. Also through today's parables, we learn what will happen when we reject those teachings of Jesus.

The Church emphasizes the sanctity of all life by designating today as "Respect Life Sunday." Her teaching of life is spelled out clearly both in the new Catechism and in the universally acclaimed encyclical "Humanae Vitae." There is no question as to the sanctity and worth of all human life and it is enthusiastically accepted by good people everywhere. The results of rejecting this central Christian belief are spelled out in the inspired readings we hear today at Mass.

- Joachim, ocds

For the saint, feast or memorial of this day

Respect Life Sunday


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