Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 28, A.D. 2003
Mark 3:31-35 or Matthew 23:8-12
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"...who exalts himself will be abased and the humble exalted." (Matt.23:12)
True faith can't be measured by external practices, but how we relate to
God and to our fellow humans. In Christ's day thousands of beasts were
sacrificed for sin, yet Scripture reveals that too often those offering
sacrifice remained far from God. Their hearts were not touched by His
truth and love; their behavior showed no genuine repentance nor effort
Today we no longer need to spill the blood of animals to symbolically
expiate our sins; Christ has cleansed us "once and for all" with His own
precious Blood, restored us to friendship with our all-holy God by
paying for us the penalty of death sin deserves and thus saving us from
eternal damnation. Yet, though Jesus so graphically revealed to us our
heavenly Father's love and our need for redemption, many hearts remain
cold and worship in a routine manner.
Psalm 40 prefigures God, through Jesus, reaching toward us to prompt our
love for Him and obedience to His truths. On our part, such an act,
inspired by gratitude and humility, would result in a renewed humanity
and a world imbued with justice and peace. Both of today's Gospel
readings point us in this direction. In Matthew, Jesus tells us His
Father is Master of all, that by our humbly accepting His sovereignty
over us, we will be exalted, if not in this world, surely in eternity.
The mustard seed in Mark's Gospel represents the growth of God's
kingdom, our only safe haven. Few will be called to be great theologians
like Thomas Aquinas, but we are all called to contribute to the
kingdom's growth. We can begin by humbly receiving Christ's forgiveness
and His sanctifying grace through His Holy Spirit.
May all we do in the Name of Jesus, Your Son,
move this world
toward your truth, love, justice and peace. Amen.
- Marie L. Bocko, ocds (firstname.lastname@example.org)
St. Thomas Aquinas, religious, priest, doctor of the Church
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