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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 21, A.D. 2004


Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:

Ephesians 3:14-21
Psalm 33:1-2,4-5,11-12,18-19
Luke 12:49-53


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"I have come to set the world on fire. . . "

And how I wish it were already blazing!

Jesus came with a radical new message of God's love, and because of the hardness of human hearts, this message threatens to tear apart the fabric of human society.

Can you imagine for a moment the people who are responsible for arbitrary bombings around the world giving up their hatred? So long as hate has a home in the human heart, the message of love brought by Jesus will be despised.

The world is still not ready for His revolutionary message. But the message does not wait. The Word Jesus spoke two thousand years ago has rolled through the ages and changed each time individually. It has changed time in the person of the great and small Saints--Francis, Dominic, Teresa, Therese, Katherine Drexel, and others, who throughout time have taken Jesus at His Word and lived out His revolutionary love.

While the world is not yet flaming, we have a choice. We can flame with Jesus's love and message and bring it to the world, or we can remain cool and indifferent. Jesus's flame grows one piece of kindling, one person, one flame at a time. It is our choice, to burn or to remain indifferent.

- JuandelaCruz
(sriddle415 at yahoo dot com)

http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/

Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time


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