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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 23, A.D. 2002

Ephesians 3:2-12
Isaiah 12:2-6
Luke 12:39-48

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

What was life like without Christ? Paul contrasts life without Christ as the life of a slave; life with Christ is like that of a freeman, a citizen of a great empire, with all the rights attached. Paul, as a Roman citizen, invoked his personal privilege as a citizen on several occasions. Do we appreciate what a great honor it is for us to be reckoned as a citizen of the Heavenly Kingdom? Probably not.

Reflection on this fact of our citizenship in God's kingdom can bring us from depression to elation, from darkness to light, and from a pilgrim hesitant and fearful, to a pilgrim confident, striding forward on the path we know will lead us to eternal fulfillment. The Gospel counsels us to be vigilant in these matters, not to let thieves break in and steal our citizenship papers. We are told that many break-ins are "inside jobs". We must be careful that we ourselves are not the thieves! Through weakness, sloth, indifference, or outright evil action, we can lose our inheritance. In a famous comic strip, Pogo announces that we have met the enemy, and the enemy is us! St. Philip Neri prayed daily, "Beware of Philip today, Lord, for Philip may betray thee"!

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore

For the saint, feast or memorial of this day

St. John of Capistrano


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