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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 24, A.D. 2002

Ezekiel 34:11-12,15-17
Psalm 23:1-3,5-6
1 Corinthians 15:20-26,28
Matthew 25:31-46


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

On this last Sunday of the Liturgical Year, Holy Mother Church completes her long season of instruction on the teachings of Christ. We have learned that Jesus is our King, our Lord, our Savior. In Him we place all our trust for salvation. In Him we hope to be shielded from the snares of the devil. In Him we find our strength to resist the attractions of the world, the flesh, the devil. Having resisted His holy call and often tried to do it "our way", we may have learned by experience and God's enlightenment to simply let go of ourselves and let God do with us as He wishes. How soothing it is for the weary traveler, that the Church chooses Psalm 23 for today's Responsorial at Mass:

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. In verdant pastures He gives me repose.

Beside restful waters He leads me; He refreshes my soul.

He guides me in right paths for His name's sake.

You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes;

You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life;

And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come.

Are we not therefore encouraged to redouble our efforts to become holy as Christ desires of us? Are we not called to remember the Beatitudes, and to live the Ten Commandments and especially the Greatest Commandment of all: Love the Lord your God with your whole heart, with your whole soul, and with all your mind. (see Matthew 22:37-39)

Amen, Amen!

- Joachim, ocds

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The Solemnity of Christ the King

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