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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 17, A.D. 2002

Proverbs 31:10-13,19-20,30-31
Psalm 128:14-30
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
Matthew 25:14-30

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Today's Scriptural message is about stewardship. As we near the end of the Church's Ordinary Time and our many months-long tutelage from the very mouth of Christ, we find Scripture asking us: how have we responded to The Message? How are we responding to Faith, Hope and Charity? Are we growing in these gifts that were given to us? Are we giving back freely to the kingdom of God our time, our talent, our substance, our opportunities?

These questions became very real to me this morning as I began to write this reflection. At another computer on my desk, I was monitoring a live webcam that views Times Square in New York City. At this early hour, still in darkness, I noticed a homeless man bundled up against a cold storefront asking for alms. Many people passed him by, disinterested. Much to my surprise, other people came over and handed him money and chatted with him for awhile before passing on. One young woman poured some of her coffee into his cup and also handed him some money. She and her friend stayed and chatted, too. Having recently read on the Web about a homeless man (thehomelessguy.blogspot.com) I'm learning more about the helplessness of these people, their extreme dependence upon the generosity and kindness of others.

Rather than negatively stereotype the homeless and the poor, would it not be appropriate for us as followers of Christ to gratefully share God's kindness to those who are in need? Let us sincerely examine our spiritual reportcard and prepare ourselves to respond to all opportunities of this day, and every day. Let us meet each moment of our lives as a "Sacrament of the Moment" offered to us from God.

- Joachim, ocds

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