Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 27, A.D. 2005
1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
Psalm 98:1, 7-9
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
The Thessalonians were noted for strict sexual morality as well as for
great charity. Our society tends to see them as contradictory, where as
true love respects not only one's own body, but the bodies of others as
temples of the Holy Spirit. St. Monica, whose feast we celebrate today
showed true charity toward her gifted son, St. Augustine, for she offered
the last years of her life to constant prayer for his conversion to Christianity.
Rarely has a mother's love been better exemplified than through this
heroic woman's sacrifice. The most touching scene in Augustine's
“Confessions” reveal the mutual love of mother and son. With her
last breath, she urges her son not to shed useless tears over her
grave, for she knows her work is finished, and she is at joyful peace.
And how well the Gospel parable fits with this heroic woman who must
have recognized very early how extraordinarily talented a son she had
borne. Rather than leave him to shine as a brilliant pagan teacher of
rhetoric, she persisted in persuading him to exchange his beloved
classics for the treasures of Scripture. While we ourselves could
never equal his colossal gifts, we can certainly imitate his wisdom
in preferring always the Word of God to the attractions of worldly
learning and earthly success. And when our hearts finally grasp
the beauty and depth of Gospel truth, may we then cry with Augustine,
"Too late have I loved thee, O beauty ever ancient, ever new.”
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
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