Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 1, A.D. 2005
Genesis 23:1-4; 24:1-8, 62-67
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Simple. Straightforward. Direct. Unavoidable. "Follow me." Jesus said it to
Matthew, He says it to us. "Follow me." What does following Jesus mean?
It means that you will meet with tax collectors and sinners, sometimes in
your own house, sometimes in the house of God. It means that you will see
all too clearly the injustice of the world--the oppression, the indignity,
the cruelty, the sheer cussedness of unrestrained human nature. It means
that you will see and hear things that would shrivel your soul. But it
also means that you are keeping the finest company. You are following The
One who will help you endure and indeed remediate all of these horrors.
You will be with the Lord Himself and your words will be His words and
your light will be His Light. God will protect and defend as you follow
Following Jesus is not hard, but it can be laborious. At first we have to
drag ourselves to follow, but as we practice, it becomes second nature to
us. We need to surround each day in careful prayer. Perhaps we start the
morning with three Hail Mary's to honor the Immaculate Heart of Mary and
maintain chastity in a difficult world. Perhaps at Noon we pray the
Angelus, at three at least a decade of the divine mercy. Before our meals
a true prayer of thanks, afterwards a prayer of joy. Before retiring the
Rosary. Or perhaps nothing so structured at all. We just need to listen
to Him and find out how He would like us to follow. When we hear and heed
His voice, we are His followers. When we are His followers, we are His
friends and we are His servants and we are servants of the world at large.
One person at a time, we change the world for the better.
So hear and heed, "Follow me." It is an adventure that will take you to
places beyond your wildest imagination.
Lives of the saints:
Friday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Bl. Junipero Serra
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