Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 4, A.D. 2005
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"Blessed are you, Simon [Peter], for flesh and blood has not
revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 16:17)
Saint Paul tells us that "In Him [God] we live and move and have our
being." In other words, God is the very environment in which all of
creation exists. He is an infinite ocean of love and truth encompassing
all reality, both physical and spiritual, keeping everything in Him in being.
Yet, not all of humanity acknowledges their origin in a divine Source of
Life. Many are so attracted to and entrapped by the physical world that
they grow insensitive to the spiritual reality that we are gifted with a soul
and spirit that enable us to live in communion with our Creator who
made us to participate in and reflect His goodness.
Today's Gospel illustrates this principle when Jesus searches His
disciples' hearts by asking them, "Who do people say I am?" Only
Peter, without hesitation, dismissed mere opinions and identified
Jesus as the Son of the living God, their awaited Messiah. Jesus
calls Peter "blessed;" since his being attuned to God's Spirit enabled
him to perceive this truth. Jesus then entrusted His Church to Peter,
a man truly committed to Christ, to the One whom he recognized as
personifying, bearing within Himself, God's love and truth.
Yet, we are also shown that even those sensitive to God and receptive
to His Word may suffer brief lapses in faith such as when Peter tried to
persuade Jesus to avert danger. Christ's strong correction of His apostle
Peter, is assurance that in those times when our finite minds blind us to
God's larger purposes, He will save us from falling into error provided we
are humble enough to accept correction.
Blessed Source of all,
gentle our human spirits
and enable us to receive Your love and truth.
May we then be living witnesses of Your holy Life.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
Lives of the saints:
The Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
St. John Mary Vianney, priest
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