Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 6, A.D. 2002
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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