Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 24, A.D. 2002

Ephesians 3:14-21
Psalm 33:1-2,4-5,11-12,18-19
Luke 12:49-53


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 (drn3rd@hotmail.com)


For the saint, feast or memorial of this day

St. Anthony Claret

http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/



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