Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 18, A.D. 2002
Revelation 1:1-4; 2:1-5
Revelation 2:17 and Psalm 1:1-4,6
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place
unless you repent. (Revelation 2:5)
Our first reading addresses the Church at Ephesus, but its message is
relevant to us today. The Faith is now being attacked by forces on many
fronts trying to destroy the truth of the Christian message by diluting
its moral imperatives. As in ancient Ephesus, some of our people labor
strenuously to preserve orthodoxy; yet their very zeal may distract them
from that which is primary and must always accompany truth - God's love.
Truth, if divorced from love, can never attract followers; for absolute
truth always springs directly from God's love; the two are actually one.
Christ criticized the Ephesian Church because while fighting bravely to
preserve doctrinal truths, they had lost their ardor; they lacked a
palpable love for God and man.
It was for this serious infraction that the Ephesians could lose their
lampstand, a fate that could befall segments of our Church today. This
would be devastating, for the lampstand is that on which "light" is set.
Christ Himself is the "light of the world;" once that light is removed,
darkness prevails, causing many souls to be lost. Christ's light is the
fire of God's love; it is the sacrificial love of God that Jesus
embodies, that ignites and fuels the Church's light, not sterile human
Our Church busily performs many good works to help those who are poor,
sick, uneducated, oppressed and exploited. Yet we also see great
breaches of charity, infidelities to the Spirit of the law because the
motive force behind much of our efforts is an institution mainly
impelled by habit, duty, even pride rather than an overflow of God's
love. St. Paul warns the Corinthians, "If I give away everything I own
and hand my body over that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain
O Most Holy Spirit,
reveal us to ourselves,
that in seeing the truth of our spiritual poverty,
our loveless hearts,
we would turn to You for healing.
- Marie L. Bocko, ocds (email@example.com)
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