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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 12, A.D. 2002

Galatians 3:22-29
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 (jmurphy@utica.com)

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