Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 14, A.D. 2004
Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:
Isaiah 10:5-7, 13-26
Psalm 94:5-10, 14-15
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
What you have hidden from the learned and clever you have revealed to merest children. (Matthew 11:25)
Reading the above quotation, we may think God purposely hides the truth from some, discriminating against intellectuals while showing favor to the simple. In truth, God is "an equal opportunity employer." We who call ourselves Christian should realize that in a very real sense we are God's salespeople, those to whom He has entrusted His most costly and precious product--Christ's salvation. Unless others see the good effects this product has had in our lives, we will alienate any potential seekers of it.
Why does God entrust Himself to "merest children" more so than to the "learned and clever?" Christ knows children's minds are more innocent and therefore open to new ideas, anxious to learn and share information. In contrast the sophisticates and intelligentsia are often afflicted by the disease of pride, see themselves as superior and surely in no need of salvation. They feel equal to solving all man's problems, not requiring assistance from God, for reality to them does not extend beyond what they can perceive with their five senses.
Choosing to limit themselves only to what they can encompass with their finite minds, they remain closed to a love they cannot comprehend. Truth also dies within them as they exclude themselves from knowing God; and rejecting also the treasure of Christ's salvation, they render themselves useless to others and unemployable by God.
guide us to the light of truth
and imbue us with Your love,
that we may help to raise a fallen world
to new life in You. Amen
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at borg dot com)
Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, virgin
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