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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 11, A.D. 2002

Titus 1:1-9
Psalm 24:1-6
Luke 17:1-6


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Obstacles are sure to come,
but alas for the one who provides them.
(Luke 17:1)

This past Monday's reflection dealt with the importance of the episcopate, the college of bishops who in union with the pope are assigned the apostolate of teaching God's children so as to lead them to a knowledge of Christ and ultimately to their salvation. Their primary allegiance must be God Himself in Christ, if they are to be successful in their office; for it is only those who are genuinely spiritual, who are imbued by the Holy Spirit, that can draw souls to God. Words are ineffective unless they come from those who know and love God and are fully living the Faith in His truth and in love.

Today's readings should again seize the attention of our Church leaders, for they are given warnings that either through wrong teachings or simply not presenting the fullness of truth to their flocks, they will exclude themselves from the kingdom and also be held responsible for leading their flocks astray.

However, responsibility does not fall exclusively on the Church hierarchy. We, as individual Catholics who have received Christ and His Spirit in Baptism, Confirmation, Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist are responsible for developing an intimate relationship with our Lord and developing an informed conscience based upon the reading of Scripture, daily prayer and a knowledge of Church teachings. In brief, we cannot be led astray if we make every effort to draw close to God in Christ and live in obedience to God's Word which advances us in holiness and leads us to salvation.

While on this earth we are called upon to build loving and life-giving relationships with our family, friends and neighbors; but this we cannot successfully do unless we first are established in God, not only in external practices but to the depths of our hearts.

Heavenly Father,
protect us from apathy
and adopting a routine manner of worship.
Fill us with zeal for your truth
and the desire to receive and give Your love.
Amen.

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


For the saint, feast or memorial of this day

St. Martin of Tours, bishop

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



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