Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
December 2, A.D. 2002
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
It is a wonder how the Apostles found it difficult to believe that the
Gentiles could also receive salvation in light of today's Gospel
reading. Jesus says very plainly that all peoples will come to his
banquet. But why did they find it so hard?
Take a look at the Centurion. Not only was he a Gentile, but a Roman as
well - part of the empire that kept Israel in submission. For centuries
Israel had expected a Messiah that would bring them salvation through
military means. Although the Apostles knew Jesus was the Messiah, they
still expected a military, earthly kingdom. It's no wonder that Jesus'
saying in today's Gospel went unnoticed even when Paul had reported the
conversion of the Gentiles.
But are we any different? Have we found ourselves thinking that
Christianity is one thing and "outsiders" or "gentiles" cannot have our
Lord's salvation? Cardinal Paulo Arns pointed out that when Christians
first settled this land they were poor, oppressed immigrants. But, he
goes on to say, "We try to convince ourselves that today's poor are poor
because of their own fault and the REAL Americans belong to the middle
In this holiday season let us keep in mind that Christ and His salvation
are for all who ask for it and it's our mission to make it available to
- Don Claunch, SFO
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