Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 22, A.D. 2005
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5, 8b-10
Psalm 149:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9b
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
In today's Gospel the Scribes and Pharisee's are severely condemned
by Jesus. In part, He tells them that they make devils out of those they
convert, who end up being twice as bad as they were before.
Jesus sees through what seems to be good, and calls the Scribes and
Pharisees frauds. He knows the disposition of their hearts and their
self-serving ways. It reminds me that unless our hearts are aligned
with the Heart of Jesus and our intentions pure, then we too could be
deceived; and what's more, we could deceive others as well.
How greatly should we fear being called a fraud on the Day of Judgment!
Yet, without the continual action of grace in our lives, it isn’t an impossibility.
We must live in allegiance to the Lord doing all for love of Him and our neighbor.
“Instruct me, Lord, in your way;
on an even path lead me.” (Psalm 27:11)
- Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
(drn3rd at hotmail dot com)
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