Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 28, A.D. 2005
Exodus 40:16-21, 34-38
Psalm 84:3-6, 8, 11
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"...the kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea to gather fish
of every kind." (Mt. 13: 47)
Several wonderful truths are illustrated in today's readings. Exodus shows
us that God's glorious Presence is ever with His people, leading them to
their destination, a glorious new life in Him. The way they are to travel
may prove difficult, fraught with hardships and uncertainties; but if they
trust in Him and follow His bidding, He will guide them on the path that
will allows them to successfully complete their journey, fulfill their
hearts' desires in a different land, freed from slavery to sin.
Psalm 84 stresses the thought that God is our safety by using the image of
little birds nesting in the haven of God's dwelling, His temple. Those
dwelling in His house, abiding in His love and truth, will go from "strength
to strength." We, His people, gifted with rational minds and feeling hearts
will then come to realize that one day lived in His Presence is worth a
thousand days waiting for Him.
Matthew's Gospel affirms that God's kingdom is open to all. Fishermen cast
nets into the sea to gather fish of every kind; and like a fisherman, God
sorts through them to cast away any that are of no value as food to nourish
and give life to His people. Jesus uses this analogy to remind the Scribes
of their responsibility to sort through all their religious tenets
to carefully select, and for the good of God's people, preserve both those
of the past, the Law given through Moses, and those being revealed in the
present time when this Law has been fulfilled perfectly in Him, the Christ.
O Glorious Redeemer, grant us the wisdom and the courage to embark upon and
stay on the course by which You lead us to eternal life. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
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