Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 24, A.D. 2005
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
A house divided against itself will not stand
Christ's warning given two thousand years ago is just as valid today. Let's face it, the Christianity today is divided. It's a common occurrence to see inter-and intra-denominational bickering on all sorts of things, which, at times, escalates into physical violence. We seem to be so busy battling each other that we lose sight of the true battle and the real enemy. Christians are divided.
Christ promised to return to His Bride, the Church. While the Catholic Church enjoys Christ's promises to endure to the end of time, we have already seen many other Christian churches dwindle away. Jesus desires Christian unity, in the fullness of the Truth.
So now is the time to mend the breaks, to join in unity to fight a common enemy and all his evils. And the place to start is with ourselves by ceasing our own misdirected attacks and by prayer:
Dear Lord, grant me the wisdom
to see what I have in common
with my fellow Christians,
and to overlook non-essential differences
and the grace to gently guide them on essential matters of Faith,
so I may join with them
in one common voice of praise to You,
my Almighty Father.
O Jesus, give this wisdom to all your people,
that together in unity we do you will
and become the pure, unbroken bride
anxiously awaiting your glorious return.
- Don Claunch
Lives of the saints:
Monday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
St. Francis de Sales, bishop and doctor of the Church
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