Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
June 23, A.D. 2004
Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:
2 Kings 22:8-13; 23:1-3
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"Beware of false prophets who come in sheep's clothing but who underneath are ravenous wolves on the prowl." (Matthew 7:15)
Today's readings center on the importance of preserving and obeying God's truths based upon His love and expressed in His Law. The Law defines how we are to relate to one another, if we are to live in the love God constantly pours out upon us. Problems and conflicts arise when sinful minds tamper with God's truths because their sinful hearts have rejected, remained closed to the selfless, self-giving love in which God calls us to live. How we exercise our free will can either make or break humanity.
Morally speaking today's world is fragmented. I, me, my, mine are our favored words. The Commandments are a simple, non-sectarian plan for living in love--honoring one anothers' person, property, dignity, spouse, integrity and rights. But foolishly, human perversity rejects them as being only religious tenets and restrictive of freedom rather than a universal blueprint for building peace and maintaining world order.
Christ shows us the power and selflessness of God's love being lived in human flesh. As creatures made in God's image, we are to emulate this same love. Many will come bearing lies, "rotten fruit," but relatively few will see the corruption that can taint the entire basketful. Our ignorance of His Word, His love and truth, has blinded us.
O Author of all Goodness,
fill us with a desire for You.
Open our hearts to Christ
and fill us to overflowing with His blessed Life.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at borg dot com)
Wednesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
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