Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 13, A.D. 2005
Psalm 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 11
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Today we praise God for the glory that innocent children give
to Almighty God. Without power and without agenda, they are
the most open to showing God's glory, and least likely to
oppose His Will. We thank God for all children. How many
times parents or others will exclaim, "What a pity they have
to grow up!” Or, "I hope they will always stay as good as they
And that is just what Joshua says to the people of Israel in
today's first reading. He warns them to remain as good as the
promise they have just solemnly made to God--to serve Him
always, and to reject allegiance to any other gods. "If you are
not,” he says to them, "you yourselves will be the ones to
condemn yourselves on the day of judgment!”
And how about ourselves, who are far away from the innocence
of our childhood? If we have not remained truthful, open, and
faithful to God, who will condemn us? We ourselves will be the
ones to acknowledge our guilt. We will throw ourselves out of heaven!
Dear Lord of the Covenant, strengthen those of us who, in
weakness, have strayed from the covenant made long ago for
us at Baptism. Forgive us, the wandering children. In the
humility of Christian childlikeness, restore us to favor, and
set us again on the path of spiritual growth. Amen.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
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