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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 4, A.D. 2002

Philippians 2:1-4
Psalm 131:1-3
Luke 14:12-14


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

The good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep. (John 10:11)

Today we honor a saintly man who, realizing he had received the same sacred office given by Jesus to His Apostles, fulfilled it perfectly. Bishops are called to unite God's flocks in the truth Christ revealed to the world for its salvation. Their task is one of service to their people, to foster and maintain the integrity of Christ's body, to keep it united in its beliefs and purposes, to govern it in the love poured out upon us by God.

As never before, Christ's body is being attacked and fragmented by a society that has become thoroughly secularized. Our media, especially arts and entertainment, constantly test the limits of how they can express themselves; this, plus the cries for "separation of church and state" purposely misinterpreted by liberal judicial and legislative powers, have virtually silenced the voice of truth. Ironically, in a nation priding itself on freedom of expression, we are not allowed to speak against practices that are morally corrupting, that are destructive to the social order created by God for our good. "Political Correctness" has become a covert means of censorship. The Christian message, the one definitive means of effecting man's salvation, has been drowned out in a cacophony of lies that appeal to humanity's preponderance for sin, self-will and selfishness.

Are the words of the Good Shepherd who gave His life for us now being spoken by those entrusted with His sheep? Sadly, those who should know and teach the truth have been seduced into silence because they lack the sacrificial love shown us by Christ. Pride, apathy or fear deter their honesty, cause them to gloss over the more difficult points of our Faith to make it more palatable to a world ignorant of God. On every level of the Church our people should rise up to insist that our leaders adhere to Christ's teachings revealed to us by the Church and upheld by the papacy.

Blessed Lord,
cleanse Your Church of her infidelities
that she may once more become a beacon of truth and love
to bring life to a dying world. Amen.


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


For the saint, feast or memorial of this day

St. Charles Borromeo, bishop

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



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