Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 9, A.D. 2004
Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Hear and Observe (see Luke 11:27-28)
Jesus replies to the acclamation, blessing the one whose womb and breasts brought forth His life and sustained Him; that what truly gives Life to Him is the soul that makes Him present in our Living.
Like Mary, we will to prayerfully conceive the Word, to pray, ponder and grow it, and give the Word viability until He is beheld first by us and then by others through us. It is He that becomes evident in our lives and He, that like Mary, we sustain by lovingly nurturing His Life into mature faith.
Quite like the transformation of a pregnant woman who grows new life in the emptiness that is intended for creation of life, we cooperate with our Lord to conceive and bear the new life that is known as "God with us" -- "Emmanuel."
Empty of self, we find He becomes more and more present, until quite noticeably He presents Himself in the monstrances of our lives.
To sustain "God with us" we must truly conform our lives to Him; we love Him, we bear all things for love of Him; and it becomes Christ who is seen. Yes, His life is nurtured by the milk of our perpetual observance of Him; but then, who would take the eyes of their prayerful communion, the shared affection that hastens one's will to conform to Him, their beloved? The attentive beloved hears and observes what the Love desires.
O Beloved Lord,
may we conceive,
and sustain You with us,
observing Your every desire.
- Mary Williams
(wlmsconsul at pdq dot net)
Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
St. Denis, bishop, martyr and companions, martyrs
St. John Leonardi, priest
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