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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 10, A.D. 2002

Galatians 3:1-5
Luke 1:69-75
Luke 11:1-4

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 Christ.

Whoever asks, receives; whoever seeks, finds; whoever knocks, is admitted. (Luke 11:10)

- Donna Raye Nelson, ocds (drn3rd@hotmail.com)

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