Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 23, A.D. 2002
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
In the readings for today, Christ gives us a good example of how to
handle people who are trying to trap us by unusual questions about
our faith. The scribes had a long, involved question regarding
marriage. Christ handled the situation by redirecting their attention
from thinking the way we do regarding things of earth, to thinking
about our heavenly home. Christ did this very often ....redirected
our attention to 'the big picture', to eternal life.
We can get easily bogged down with little details of life that are
sometimes disturbing to us. As humans, certain things can easily
disturb our inner sense of peace if we let them. But the more we let
little things disturb this peace, that restless sense of frustration
tends to grow, and it spreads like a disease to others around us. We
probably all know people who never seem to have a good word to say
about anything or anyone, and it is tempting to avoid them. But
perhaps, instead, we can instill in them some peace.
Christ knew that the scribes were out to trap Him and He could have
easily avoided their intrusive question. But instead, He received
them and attempted to redirect their thought pattern to what is
really important in life: the basic truths of our faith. When we are
asked such questions, and in a sense feel trapped, perhaps a quick,
silent prayer to the Holy Spirit for inspiration will turn the event
into a golden opportunity for God's grace to enter within!
Come Holy Spirit,
fill the hearts of the faithful.
- Joan of Jesus, ocds (email@example.com)
Saint Clement I
Blessed Miguel Augustin Pro
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