Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 10, A.D. 2003

Leviticus 19:1-2,11-18
Psalm 19:8-10,15
Matthew 25:31-46

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"Lord, how do I love my neighbor as myself?"

"My child," He replied, "how do you love yourself?"

I said, "I don't get what you mean."

"Well, it's simple. When you're hungry you head for the kitchen. When you're thirsty you get a drink, and on Friday nights you quench your thirst a lot down at the local pub. When you're away from home you're always welcomed at the Holiday Inn and you'll never go naked with the wardrobe you now have. When you're lonely you always have friends and a family that loves you. You love yourself so much that you never go without anything because you give yourself everything."

"What does this have to do with loving my neighbor?"

He answered, "as you do for yourself, do for your neighbor."

"But Lord," I complained, "everyone I know lives exactly like I do. I couldn't do much for them."

"Oh?" He asked. "What about the new man in your office who just moved here? He knows no one and is very lonely. What about your cousin and all her medical bills? She hasn't had a full meal in months. What about your elderly aunt who has barely enough to eat and no one to eat it with? What about the man who cleans your office every night? He supports eight children on the little you pay him. You see, there are countless of my little ones that need your help and I haven't even mentioned those in the nursing home or down at the homeless shelter..."

"But Lord, I'm so busy. I don't have time for these people!"

"Oh, how about Friday night?"

And I knew it wasn't as much of a question as a command.

- Don Claunch, osf


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