Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 3, A.D. 2004
Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Both readings today call us to a remarkable freedom in living today and all our tomorrows. First, we're not to allow human respect to cloud our judgments. We shouldn't be ruled by the way others judge us. Nor should we even sit in judgment on ourselves! Why? Because judgment is given only to Jesus, who has received that charge from the Father Himself. On that day, all that is hidden will be made clear, and all that is in darkness will come to light. St. Paul feels assured that, if he is faithful to the Gospel, he has nothing to fear. And neither do we!
The Gospel urges us even more to expand our energies, and to widen our vision. Jesus speaks of Himself as the Bridegroom, when all celebrate with feasting and joy. But when He is absent, we must tighten our belts and fast. However, this is not a time for inactivity. Rather, it is a time for creative modes of action, action that will burst the old wineskins of sluggish habits and self-indulgence. This courageous action may bring criticism and personal suffering. It will also bring new maturity and greater wisdom. In this is our ultimate victory in sharing the triumph with Christ who comes to fullness through the completion of His passion in the day to day struggles of his followers.
- Msgr. Paul E. Whitmore
(smartins at twcny dot rr dot com)
Friday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
St. Gregory the Great, pope, doctor of the Church
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