Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 24, A.D. 2002
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
I almost wanted to overlook today's difficult Gospel and write on
something more uplifting. I couldn't however, and I'm impelled by the
Holy Spirit to point out Jesus' disturbing words regarding how He has
come, not to establish peace on the earth, but division.
Sin has so shattered the peacefulness God intended, that often our
dearest relationships suffer division and we find ourselves in conflict
with those we love the most. However, faithfulness to God's Word does
not allow us to be complacent about evil. Jesus teaches that complacency
about sin must be demolished, recognized for what it is and not allowed
to foment. This often means that those who are dedicated to the
establishment of God's Kingdom, must, by their lives and example, probe
others to examine their lifestyle and values. Without question, this
creates tension and even division among those who are otherwise
affiliated and close.
Don't be surprised then if you find yourself at odds with those you know
and love the most. Our initial response may be one of sadness and loss,
but we are promised that by prayer, the hardened hearts of others may be
changed. Let us remember that God has conquered the world, but at the
price of His own beloved Son. Let us pray that in union with Christ's
sacrificial suffering we may endure division so that one day we all
might be one.
- Donna Raye Nelson, ocds (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For the saint, feast or memorial of this day
St. Anthony Claret
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