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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 25, A.D. 2004

Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:

2 Kings 25:1-12
Psalm 137:1-6
Matthew 8:1-4

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Today's readings speak of the consequences of infidelity to the duties of our state in life. Zedekiah, was the last descendent of David to rule over Judah, the southern Kingdom. Because of his reliance on pagan nations to save his people, rather than to trust in the one God and fidelity to the covenant, Jerusalem was destroyed, was dismantled, and its people scattered into slavery. He is the one man responsible for the misery of many thousands after him.

In the same way, our actions affect all those in our care--one man falls asleep at the wheel, and many people are killed or injured such as in that Staten Island ferry accident a few months ago. The father of a family is unfaithful to his wife and children, and the family collapses. The damage done is incalculable; it keeps on multiplying through financial, spiritual, emotional, and physical harm. "No man is an island..."

When we are faithful, the whole Body of Christ benefits. When we sin, the loss affects all the Body of Christ. Acknowledging our responsibilities, let us yield our lives to the power and mercy of God.

- Msgr. Paul E. Whitmore
(smartins at twcny dot rr dot com)


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