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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 17, A.D. 2002

Ephesians 1:3-10
Psalm 98:1-6
Luke 11:47-54

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

In today's Gospel Jesus rightfully accuses the Pharisees of their use of the Law to further their own narrow and self-serving interests. After hearing the accusations, they begin what seems to be a systematic program to trap Him using, not surprisingly, the Law.

In our own time we have seen instances where manipulation of civil and moral law promotes self-serving purposes and fails to protect and nurture those they should safeguard. When such practices are illuminated, they're often not seen in the light of the truth they reveal. By calculated manipulation, the truth is perverted to suit convenient conventions. Furthermore, the very ones who try to promote what is good, holy and true, are often cleverly and successfully demonized.

For followers of Christ, none of this should be surprising. Jesus, innocent and pure, Truth itself, was persecuted for revealing and living the truth. Let us then not be overwhelmed when efforts for goodness are countered by threats and ridicule. Let us take courage by the example of Jesus whose final victory we share.

With this thought in mind, let Jesus' faithfulness to His mission be our armor, our shield as we dedicate ourselves in imitation of Him for the salvation of ourselves and that of the world.

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

For the saint, feast or memorial of this day

St. Ignatius of Antioch


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