Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
February 12, A.D. 2003
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person"
This interesting and wonderful of the saying of Jesus
leads us to a life of hope. In the time of Jesus, many Jews were
concerned about ritual purity. They thought that eating certain
things, touching certain things, being in certain places all caused
one to fall out of touch with God. Jesus came to announce the true
good news--things of this world are not in and of themselves evil,
they are good and worthwhile.
There is the "other side" of that Good News--it is the use and the
thoughts we have about God's good things that can make for evil. Evil
comes from the distortion of the goods that God offers. It comes from
valuing the gift more than the giver. Evil stems from improper use
and thought about the wonderful things around us.
But more Good News! Jesus gave us a model and a whole list of proper
things to think about. More, He continues to give them to us through
the Holy Catholic Church. We call those proper objects of meditation
the lives of the saints. Proper devotion to the Blessed Mother and to
the saints who through the ages set their eyes squarely on God, will
teach us to do likewise. We cannot look at the Blessed Mother without
seeing that she always, always, always, points us to her Precious
So, when things seem overwhelming, treat yourself like a toddler. The
best form of correction from a toddler is to remove the child from
the object he or she should not have and give them something else to
distract them. Remove yourself from the thoughts of the thing that is
illicit from you and spend time with some of the many marvels that
God has given us as good and worthy food for thought.
JuandelaCruz, T.O.Carm (email@example.com)
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