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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 23, A.D. 2002

Revelation 11:4-12
Psalm 144:1,2,9-10
Luke 20:27-40


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.
Amen


- Joan of Jesus, ocds (jmurphy@utica.edu)

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

Saint Clement I
Saint Columban
Blessed Miguel Augustin Pro

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