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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 2, A.D. 2004

Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:

2 Timothy 1:1-3,6-12
Psalm 123:1-2
Mark 12:18-27

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"He is God of the living, not the dead." (Mark 12:27)

Today's readings address a problem perennially afflicting Christianity, the "watering down" of its more difficult truths to make them easier, more self-pleasing. St. Paul tells his disciple Timothy not to be shy nor tentative in his teaching, that he shouldn't be intimidated by people's grumbling over the beliefs and demands of the Faith. Christ's disciples will be criticized when presenting the Gospel without compromise, but still they must guard God's treasures and not submit to pleasing selfish human desires.

The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection, a continuing spiritual life after physical death. They tried ridiculing Jesus' teaching on this with this situation and question: A woman, frequently widowed, married 7 brothers consecutively to raise up an heir to his name; whose wife will she be in heaven? Jesus' reply silences them and also brings hope and joy to all human hearts. He reveals that in the afterlife we will be spiritual beings like the angels and asserts that although Abraham, Isaac and Jacob died in the flesh, God still remains their God; for He is the God of the living, not God of the dead. Unlike the Sadducees who lived only for the present moment, we can anticipate eternal joy in God's presence.

Ever-living God,
from the depths of our hearts
we thank You for the opportunity
of eternally discovering with You
the treasures of Your love and truth.

- Marie Bocko, ocds
(mlbocko at borg dot com) http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/

Wednesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Saints Marcellinus and Peter, martyrs

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