Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 11, A.D. 2002
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.
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.
- Marie L. Bocko, ocds (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For the saint, feast or memorial of this day
St. Martin of Tours, bishop
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