Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 24, A.D. 2005
Zechariah 2:5-9, 14-15
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
In today's Gospel, the disciples of Jesus seem to have their hands over
their ears as Jesus tells them of his impending Passion and Death. They
just don't want to hear about it. In the months and years in which they
have followed Jesus, they have formed their own ideas of what His
future--and theirs--will be. He will be gloriously enthroned as an earthly
King and Liberator of Israel, and they themselves will share Power and
Authority. It's the subject of their thoughts and plans so often that we
wonder how much they really did hear of Jesus' message.
We are not so very different. We often picture in our mind what Jesus looks
like, and how He talks and walks. That's only natural. We know that He
loves us with incredible allowances for our failings. And that's as it
should be. But what about the challenges He makes? What about those "hard
sayings". Do we just brush them aside after a few minutes of reflection?
O Jesus, help me to really accept those predictions of suffering and pain
for those who follow You. And grant me Your "toughening Grace" that I may
be strong enough to face with patience and humility whatever share of the
Passion You have chosen for me. Let me remember that, if You are the one
who has custom-made my cross, then I must embrace it with the same love with
which You will give it. Amen.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
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