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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 21, A.D. 2002

Ephesians 2: 1-10
Psalm 100: 1-5
Luke 12: 13-21

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"We are His handiwork created in Christ Jesus for good works." (Ephesians 2:10)

I recall reading many years ago of the Collier brothers who lived as recluses in a house so filled with things that walking through its rooms was like trying to find one's way through a maze of darkened tunnels. How sad to live in such poverty amid seeming plenty, to risk becoming lost in one's possessions.

Such would be the fate of the rich man depicted in today's Gospel, one who put trust in his worldly treasures, destined to be destroyed by time, while neglecting to seek the imperishable treasure of eternal life offered to him by God. Christ reminds us of life's mutability, that we must ever be prepared to meet our Creator; for we do not know the day nor the hour when we will be called to give an accounting of ourselves to Him who gave us life and purpose.

Paul reiterates this message to the Ephesians, reminding them that God called us forth into being, to do certain good works He has prepared for us to do. From the greatest to the least of us, we all have God-given tasks to accomplish, purposes to fulfill in this life. Therefore, this should be our major preoccupation, letting nothing of this world distract us from learning and accomplishing God's ordained will. Let us never question that we are indeed our brother's keeper.

It is by grace through faith, both gifts from God, that we are enabled to complete our life's purposes and achieve salvation. If we truly desire to know and do God's will, we have only to approach Him in prayer and offer ourselves to Him as He has offered Himself to us in Christ. He will then show us the way and open wide the door into His kingdom.

Loving Father, Source of our lives,
inspire us by Your Spirit
that we may follow Christ
and in Him accomplish Your will for us perfectly.

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

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