Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 8, A.D. 2005
Genesis 46:1-7, 28-30
Psalm 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"So be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves."
One of my favorite verses of the Bible. In other translations this reads, "Be ye as wise as
serpents and as harmless as doves." And this, I believe, summarizes Jesus' many messages to a
"T." Like the Hippocratic Oath, "First do no harm," the believer in presenting Jesus to the
unbeliever or to a lapsed believer, must do no harm.
We must be ready to defend and give good reasons for our faith. But sometimes, we jump in ahead
of introducing our faith. That is, our reasons jump out ahead of our appeal.
When we live the life Jesus commands of us, people will naturally come to us desiring what gives
us peace, serenity, and an ability to cope with all that is going on around us. We are most
wise when our strongest arguments for the faith are the lives we live day to day.
We must still stand ready to talk about it. But when our life is a mirror of humility,
patience, meekness, prayerfulness, and compassion that is Jesus, people will flock to us wanting
to talk. This is wisdom--"Seek ye first the kingdom of God." Live the life of the kingdom, and
souls who are lost and looking, will see us like a beacon.
And then we employ Jesus' first rule--first do no harm, then lead them with bonds of love to the
kingdom which is above.
Lives of the saints:
Friday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
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