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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 3, A.D. 2002

Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,12-13,17
Luke 10:21-24

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"...although you have hidden these things from the wise, you have revealed them to the childlike." (Luke 10:22)

Some years ago a grandchild of ours became fascinated by the saints, wondered why we Catholics "celebrated" them. Reading accounts of their lives, she learned how each uniquely brought God's love and truth into this world. What "blew her mind" was her discovery that we are all called to be saints; she then asked why so few had their own special days.

Today's readings imply why this is so. Vast numbers of people who say they believe in Christ, who attend Mass with some regularity and observe the more convenient tenets of our Faith, stay mainly focused on worldly concerns. Surely, working and raising a family are a priority, but how many of us believe and obey Christ when He tells us, "seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be given to you?" Our entire lives should first focus on God, being His faithful, loving and obedient children, building prayerful, intimate relationships with Him. Were we all to do this with the commitment and passion of our "saints," this world would be pervaded by peace and justice; what prevents this is our refusal to believe and to live in the truth and love of God by submitting our wills entirely to His will for us. Sinful pride abhors the latter.

Unfortunately, we put "saints" on a pedestal to be admired as people above and beyond us. This is a convenient "cop out," a way of excusing ourselves from Christianity's demands. We remain unspiritual because we lack trust in and generosity toward the God who created us; we do not allow Him to direct our lives. In brief, we refuse to live as children of our heavenly Father.

Merciful Lord,
awaken us to our true identity, that we may become childlike
in fulfilling our obligations to Him who created us
to share in His joyful, eternal life. Amen.

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


St. Francis Xavier, priest, missionary

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