Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 12, A.D. 2002
Psalm 105: 2-3,4-5,6-7
Gospel: Luke 11:27-28
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
The story is told that it takes a long time to train an elephant for
tricks in a carnival, and during that time the elephant is kept
chained to a post. It cannot go very far. At some point when the
trainer takes the chain away the elephant does not realize or
appreciate that it is free and continues to remain in the same small,
confined space, not recognizing the reality of its freedom. In a way that
is part of the meaning of today's readings.
In the first reading it is discussed that before the time of Christ
all that people knew were the constraints of the law. People lived
their entire lives according to these many rules, many of them good
rules in themselves. When Christ came He leads us beyond the laws. By
baptism we are set free to become adopted sons and daughters of God.
As Christians we are free to love as Christ loved, not to ignore God's laws, but not because of
some law in a book on a shelf. If everyone was loving always, what need would we have for laws? We can become a new people, all treated as equals, as members of the Body of Christ.
The Gospel message of today helps us with the means or method to live
this life as free Christians.. It is a simple one, and yet, really,
all we need to do, is read and study the Word of God and adhere to
that Word. Our Bibles are so precious! Let us find time to often
study and enjoy the rich messages!
- Joan of Jesus, ocds (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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