Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 5, A.D. 2005
Psalm 62:6-7, 9
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
In today's First Reading there is a little phrase which has always baffled
me. St. Paul says he is filling up what is lacking in the sufferings of
Christ. I always thought there was nothing lacking in Christ's suffering;
so, why Paul's strange words? I finally just decided it was something I
just didn't understand, and moved on.
Today, when I was required to read this passage from Colossians, it began to
be clear that Paul was not saying that there was anything missing or
lacking in the suffering of Christ, but that there are things in the world
that were still in need of Christ's saving help. It was these situations
that were lacking, lacking because there was no knowledge or acceptance of
the redemption won by Christ's suffering. Paul went on to say that he would
fill up those areas in his own flesh by making God present, by preaching and
teaching the sacrificial love of God.
When it finally occurred to me what Paul was saying, it made me realize that
we too are called to fill up what is lacking, by bringing into focus the
suffering of Christ so that all might know the extent they are loved and
deemed precious in God's eyes. We are to show compassion and love,
forgiveness and understanding. We are to heal those who are afflicted and
burdened. We are to be like Jesus who, in today's Gospel, publicly mended
the man with the withered hand, in spite of Pharisaical criticism.
Let us then look around to see those situations in our own sphere of
influence, where there are those who lack what they need; and let us fill it
up by bringing to them the love of our suffering and yet triumphal Lord.
- Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
(drn3rd at hotmail dot com)
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