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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 14, A.D. 2002

Galatians 4:22-24,26-27,31--5:1
Psalm 113:1-7
Luke 11:29-32

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Therefore, brothers, we are children not of the slave woman but of the freeborn woman. (Galatians 4:31)

We well know the dehumanizing and demoralizing effects of slavery on those victimized by being treated like property and so denied their most basic human rights. But for a brief time let us consider that even more wretched is the state of the slave-masters, not only those in the past but also those in our modern world who inflict serious indignities upon helpless employees. Consider how today many businesses still exploit, abuse and cheat their employees both here and abroad. Christ tells us that the worst possible slavery is a personal addiction to sin; for individuals entrapped in such behavior will experience spiritual death, an eternity of suffering caused by willfully separating themselves from God.

What St. Paul told the Galatians nearly two thousand years ago still applies today. We are all sons and daughters of a freeborn woman, legitimate children of God born in freedom and called to live in a manner that gives honor and glory to our Father, in peace, justice, truth and love. Christ proclaimed this message of freedom at great cost; He was disbelieved, reviled, persecuted and killed although He had performed many signs that manifested God's power residing in Him. His audiences, past and present, remain deaf to the truth and blind to His identity because so many live entirely in the flesh, totally ignorant of the spiritual dimension of human life.

We can re-connect with our spiritual roots through humility and selflessness, by believing in Christ, the living Word of God, by building an intimate relationship with Jesus through prayer and the sacraments, by listening to and obeying the Holy Spirit who slowly and sometimes painfully enables us to see and be freed of our sins and be re-created in the image of Christ. Man's inhumanity to man will continue until we acknowledge that we are God's, created to live in Him Who is Love.

Blessed Savior, Rock of all ages,
inspire us and aid us to build our lives
on the firm spiritual foundation you have established
and so become Your earthly temple. Amen.

- Marie L. Bocko, ocds (mlbocko@borg.com)

For the saint, feast or memorial of this day

St. Callistus, pope and martyr


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