Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 20, A.D. 2005
Exodus 16:1-5, 9-15
Psalm 78:18-19. 23-28
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
So often, New Testament incidents and parables are presaged by Old Testament
stories of a similar nature. How wonderful and exciting that we frequently see God
highlighting the things He wants us to know in such a manner! Today’s scripture
is an example of this: about the Old Testament Jews complaining that they had
no “decent” food in the barren desert. Today’s New Testament parable is about
the seeds scattered on different soil conditions producing different effects. The
seed is the Word of God. The soil upon which the seed is cast is the heart, the
soul, the animus, that dwells within each of us.
We need to examine how we compare with both the Old and New Testament stories
of today’s readings. Do our lives seem to be barren of all fruit? Does it seem that one
day after another is as boring and listless as a hot, windless day in summer? Have
we become so accustomed to God’s lavish gifts, that we no longer recognize them?
Or even worse, have we failed to respond to the gifts God has showered upon us?
How can we respond? How can we convert the energy of those gifts into light that will
shine before each person we meet during the day? We must reflect every day on our
place in God’s plan for all mankind. We must ask ourselves: where do I fit in? Surely
I could apply some small but special talent from God that will help humanity become
just a little better -- one small act of charity after another. Yes, starting today, I will
promise God to try harder to be a good and faithful steward of His gifts during my short
time on earth.
- joachim, OCDS
Lives of the saints:
Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Apollinaris, bishop and martyr
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