Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 20, A.D. 2005
Ruth 2:1-3, 8-11; 4:13-17
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
How tremendously important is the virtue of humility. It is the one virtue
that God cannot resist, meriting God's mercy and forgiveness of sin.
"Humility opens God's heart to bestow gifts in abundance, as he does to Ruth in today's first
reading. Left a widow, she generously follows her mother-in-law, Naomi, in order to care for
her in her old age." . When noticed
by Boaz, she falls at his feet, protesting his deferential treatment of her.
Boaz is captured by her humble charm, and marries her. Thus does Ruth, a
non-Jew, become the great-grandmother of King David. How God uses the
humble as the instrument of his providence!
In today's Gospel, Jesus urges his followers to practice humility, whether
we are in a position of great authority or small authority. Only then can
He use us as He desires.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
Lives of the saints:
Saturday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary time
St. Bernard, abbot, doctor of the Church
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