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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 16, A.D. 2004

Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:

2 Kings 2:1,6-14
Psalm 31:20-21,24
Matthew 6:1-6,16-18

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you. (see Matt. 6:18)

Scripture reveals that the motivations behind our words and actions are of primary importance in our worship of and service to God. Are we acting out of love for Him or are our hearts and minds fastened on self? Are we trying to enhance our personal image to God and fellow humans or are we forgetful of self and desirous only of giving glory to God. Today's readings reveal our Lord's views on these issues.

Elisha's asking for a double portion of Elijah's spirit may appear to be a grandiose, self-seeking request, one winning him prominence and admiration.

However, God knew it was Elisha's love for Him and His people that motivated his request, that the Spirit working through him could bring God's blessings upon them all. God's gifts to an individual are given for the good of everyone whose life he touches.

Christ warns against the flaunting of religious practices, of worshipping in a way that draws attention to us instead of to the Author and Lover of all that is. Surface goodness will not win us a place in heaven; God measures only His love and truth that exists in the depths of our beings. Salvation is the product of our hearts and minds being transformed in the image of His Son, the Incarnation of God's goodness.

Blessed Father, help us see that the only true good we can do must spring from the living waters flowing constantly from Your heart to ours. Amen.

- Marie Bocko, ocds
(mlbocko at borg dot com)


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