Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 10, A.D. 2004
Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:
2 Kings 5:14-17
2 Timothy 2:8-13
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
As faithful and practicing Catholics we may find ourselves at times taking for granted the beautiful traditions and immense wealth of our Catholic faith and think all that it contains belongs to us by right and not as a gift.
Today's readings remind us that God offers Himself in all His immensity not just to us and the "chosen ones" of ages long past, but to everyone--in every age, in every time. Our recognition of this might help us to be less complacent about--and more grateful for--the faith we have embraced. It might tend to make us cherish and protect it, lest it wither and disappear.
Perhaps it is a lesson that we as Catholics are just now seeing with ever-greater frequency--that those of other denominations with great joy and unabashed enthusiastic commitment are the ones that are proclaiming with more "takers", the Good News of redemption.
Let us not be disheartened; but remember how dear we and all others are to the Lord. Let us never fail to be like the one Samaritan who came back to Jesus to praise and render thanksgiving. And what is it that you might give praise and thanksgiving for? Perhaps the often taken-for-granted fact that we have been blessed to be Catholic and to belong to the Church that is the treasury of the promises of Christ. Knowing this and believing this, may we then be more humble, more grateful, more empowered then ever, to be authentic and convincing witnesses for Christ.
- Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
(drn3rd at hotmail dot com)
Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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