Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
February 21, A.D. 2003
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
In today's readings from both the Old and New Testament, we have a
clear indication of what becomes of men who seek their own glory and
fame. Perhaps at face value, building a tower or trying to save one's
life doesn't seem so bad, but when we consider the motivation behind
such activities we begin to see the source of error.
In our own age, personal accomplishment is so esteemed, that too often
we also fail to recognize the insidiousness of pride and the eroding
effect it has on charity and concern for others.
It is without question our responsibility to use the gifts God has
given us to do wondrous things, but not for our own
self-aggrandizement and at the expense of our brethren, but for the
glory of God and the good of all mankind.
With this perspective always in mind, we tend not to hoard our gifts
or distribute them selectively, but see all men as our brothers, all
worthy of our time and treasure - indeed the face of the suffering
Christ in them all.
Let us then be determined to be less self-absorbed, less preoccupied
about our own interests and practice works of genuine charity. May we
seek to be constant in our resolve; and with God's grace may all we do
be not just for our own salvation, but that of the world.
- Donna Raye Nelson, ocds (email@example.com)
St. Peter Damian, bishop, doctor of the Church
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