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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 25, A.D. 2002

Revelation 14:1-5
Psalm 24:1-6
Luke 21:1-4

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"Who shall stand in His holy place?
The man with clean hands and pure heart."
(Psalm 24:4)

Faith can be shown to this world and win us a place in heaven only through our living it. Today's readings clearly tell us what a "living faith" entails. First it requires our taking Jesus at His word, always seeking from Him the way to true holiness; this means obedience to His teachings out of love for Him, not fear, proud display nor worldly gain. Second, our love for Christ must be genuine, prompted by the love He showed for us by dying on the Cross for our sins and so restoring us to friendship with our heavenly Father. Third, we are to assume Christ's Cross with Him, dying to all the selfish demands of our flesh and giving ourselves as completely to Him as He gave Himself to us.

Revelation narrates that at the end-times, those will be ransomed from the earth who are unblemished, undefiled by sin, who practice no deceit. These elect will be identified by bearing the Name of the Father and the Son on their foreheads; hearts overflowing with joy they will sing a new, unique song of love to God. Psalm 24 bears this same message -- nothing unholy can approach and stand before God.

The widow giving her mite represents all those who are wholly given to God; so trusting and loving that they no longer have any thought for themselves. God can only fill with His life those who are empty of "self" and willing to risk suffering in order to gain Him. The worldly will think such a person a fool; they give with care and restraint from their abundance so that they might deny themselves nothing. How quickly we forget Christ's words, "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides." (Matthew 6:33)

Blessed Lord,
touch our hearts deeply
that we may increase our faith, hope and love,
all to Your honor and glory.

- Marie L. Bocko, ocds (mlbocko@borg.com)


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