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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 28, A.D. 2002

Ephesians 2:19-22
Psalm 19:2-5
Luke 6:12-16


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"You who once were far off have become near by the blood of Christ." (Ephesians 2:13)

St. Paul tells us in a simple, beautiful way what it means to be a Christian. He reminds us that we are no longer alienated from God by sin; we are no longer lonely wanderers aimlessly traveling in a strange land. Now, forgiven by Christ's shed blood, we are members of God's household.

On earth this household is Christ's Church built upon the teachings of the Apostles and the prophets, individuals chosen and prepared by Him to carry forth a sacred trust, to make known His Word, His truth and love personified, Who leads us to salvation, eternal life with Him. This mission has been entrusted to our Bishops, but all of us have a part to play in building the Church. To do this we must be ever mindful that it is Christ Himself, a finely hewn and solid rock, the capstone that tops the edifice, who makes it a holy temple fit to be God's dwelling place on earth. Christ does this through His Holy Spirit who imbues us, each individual stone in this structure willing to obey Him, with His truth and love. The Church then becomes Christ's dwelling place on earth, drawing everyone to Himself through her.

What will draw others to Christ's Church? It must remain sound and consistent in its teachings, become a safe haven where the world can find healing from its sin; where it can see the good effects of love and truth at work; where it can learn the wisdom of God; where it can tap into God's grace, the only means through which humanity can ultimately live in true justice, peace and joy. We all have a part in this apostolate.

Almighty God,
Increase our faith, hope and love so that we may do with joyful hearts
whatever you ask of us and so strengthen Your Church. Amen.


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


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