Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 9, A.D. 2002

Galatians 2:1-2,7-14
Psalm 117:1-2
Luke 11:1-4


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Peter must have been thoroughly embarrassed at the public rebuke he received from Paul. And the accusation was a serious one - hypocrisy. But look at Peter's dilemma! Rather than risk disharmony in the new church, he decides not to risk alienating this faction of "circumcisers." In so doing, he was about to embarrass the new pagan converts by not eating with them.

How very difficult it is to decide on a thoroughly truthful course of action, one consistent with our beliefs and principles, one that may stir up indignation, division, and even harm to unity. To follow the right course of action, we need to resort to prayer. We can do no better than to pray the Lord's Prayer. It immediately places everything in focus: "...Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done...." It gives power to the present moment, which is often the critical moment of decision. Lord, if I am true to You, then I will be true to myself.

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(smartins@twcny.rr.com)


For the saint, feast or memorial of this day

St. Denis and companions, martyrs
St. John Leonardi

http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/



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