Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 16, A.D. 2004
Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Our Lord asks us to acknowledge Him before others. He reminds us not to worry about being politically correct with synagogues, rulers or authorities. We trust the Holy Spirit to teach us at each moment what we are to say.
We hear St. Paul pray that the faithful be given a spirit of wisdom and revelation to know God; that the eyes of our hearts be enlightened with hope in what God accomplishes in Jesus surpassing all authority, power and dominion.
These words of our Lord and the prayer of St. Paul direct and encourage us in unpopular challenges. Are we speaking in the Spirit of Truth in our synagogues to the faithful when what we know He teaches contradicts with what they will to hear? Does what seems politically comfortable stand as the Spirit of Truth? Speaking less than what He is teaching us fails to give voice to His Holy Spirit and thus denies this Spirit of Truth. Failing to speak and denying Him disassociates us, making us unrecognizable to Him who cannot recognize what we willfully separate. Our actions or inactions proclaim or deny Him. The saying that "evil triumphs when good fails to act" is very true for each of us who fail to speak to parishioners, coworkers, families and neighbors what is true and holy and good in the Spirit of Truth. We must not fear their response if we share in true charity desiring souls united in the Spirit of Truth eternally with God.
Denying Him is thus willingly removing ourselves from Him who will not recognize one who does not identify with Him.
- Mary Williams
(wlmsconsul at pdq dot net)
Saturday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Hedwig, religious
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, virgin
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