Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 17, A.D. 2002
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
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 (email@example.com)
For the saint, feast or memorial of this day
St. Ignatius of Antioch
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