Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
May 21, A.D. 2005
Psalm 103:13-14, 15-16, 17-18
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
The Book of Sirach is truly filled with the wisdom it expounds! It's words
come with soothing comfort into the complicated tensions and business of our
lives. How simple God is! Of course, that's one of His attributes. His
simplicity brings all His power and splendor and beauty into a serenity that
confounds us. "Slow down˛ Sirach counsels us. "Don't let the world pass by
without extracting its meaning. It's the work of God's hands, and shows
forth His glory, from the thunder and lightening of a storm, to the quiet
beauty of a flower.˛
But even more, wisdom is found in God's laws, designed to provide us with
grounds for right choices, steering us from evil and pointing us always to
the good, making sure that our short journeys keep on track to the Kingdom.
If only we could live with the simplicity of children, we would not get so
distracted into folly. "Simplify, simplify," Jesus seems to be telling his
disciples, so intent on controlling who gets to see the Master, and who
doesn't. Only the children, and those who are childlike, will inherit the
kingdom. If only we could follow the simple focus of the wise, keeping our
gaze always on the face of God, how joyful our days could be!
- Msgr. Paul E. Whitmore
(smartins at twcny dot rr dot com)
Lives of the saints:
Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter
St. Christopher Magallanes, priest and martyr
and his companions, martyrs
St. Bernardine of Siena, priest
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