Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 30, A.D. 2005
Leviticus 25:1. 8-17
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Our first reading describes the Jubilee Year (which came every
seven-times-seventy sabbaths; in other words, about every fifty years). It
involved a whole year of special celebration, forgiveness of debt, etc.
We're puzzled by this practice. Our holidays, including weddings, rarely
last more than a couple of days. Enough is enough! We Americans have to
get back to work!
We don't know how to relax. As a result, we miss so much of family
relationships, the beauty of the world of nature, and the richness of a
friendship shared through prolonged conversation. Part of the problem is
found in the pressure of the work place, and part of it is found in too busy
a social calendar.
And who gets cheated? God, usually, and ourselves! We don't have time for
prayer and praise, we don't have time to do good things for our neighbor,
and we don't have the leisure for inner growth. What a shame. We leave
this world without really savoring its wonder--or the inner beauty of other
God forgive us our frantic pace. While summer is still here (in the northern
hemisphere), let's resolve to just "waste" a whole day with our family, or
with a friend. Maybe it would involve a pilgrimage to a local shrine for a
day of prayer. Life will go on, our business will survive, and all the work
we put off doing will probably be done better after we come back.
Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(smartins at frontiernet dot net)
Lives of the saints:
Saturday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary time
St. Chrysologus, bishop, doctor of the Church
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