Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 10, A.D. 2002
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
In today's First Reading we hear St. Paul speaking to the Galatians in
words that are quite unlike what we might expect. "Have you gone out of
your minds," he says, did some one, "cast a spell over you", "how could
you be so stupid?"
With these words we begin to see the frustration and sadness that is
experienced when someone rejects the Gospel message, especially someone
who has heard it and perhaps even embraced and lived it. In Paul's day
there was no lack of such individuals and unfortunately there is no lack
of such people today, as we see non-Catholic assemblies filled with
people who once were members of our beloved Church.
Like St. Paul, we too might wonder if someone has lost their mind,
leaving the Catholic Church and the wonderful sacramental life it
provides and safeguards. And for what?
Has someone cast a spell over our many loved ones who once were
practicing and believing Catholics and now completely reject the Church
and all her life-giving and life-saving teachings?
The answer must be yes, otherwise how could something so confounding be
accomplished? What then are we to do? Should we challenge them like Paul
did the Galatians? Or are we to do what we all have the ability and
opportunity to do: that is to pray that one day the lost will be found,
the separated rejoined, the unbelieving converted.
Often it seems that praying is such a little thing to do in the face of
so much trouble; when in fact, it is the most valuable and efficacious
thing that can be done. For when we pray, we are not expecting our
merits to change hardened hearts, but rather we are trusting in the Blood of the crucified
Whoever asks, receives; whoever seeks, finds; whoever knocks, is
admitted. (Luke 11:10)
- Donna Raye Nelson, ocds (email@example.com)
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