Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 11, A.D. 2005
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
One week ago I was blessed to write about the sisters Martha and Mary
and how they prepared for the Lord's visit to their home and asked the
question: would the Lord feel welcome in our homes? Today, we read
about Jesus visiting a Pharisee for a meal, so I ask this week, would
Jesus feel welcome at our dining table and what would He find there?
In one of many instances in His ministry, today we see Jesus violating
another of the old laws by failing to wash his hands prior to the meal.
This brought some indignation from the Pharisee who never would
have imagined not following the law down to the last letter. The result
was that Jesus taught the Pharisee a lesson in what is truly righteous
and how hypocritical the Pharisee and his sect were. They cleaned
the outside (the hands), but the inside (the heart and soul) was dirty
What would Jesus find at our dining table? Would He find both the
outside and inside of our cups, in other words our souls clean? Or,
would He find us just going through the hand washing motions with
no meaning since our insides were corrupt? Would He find true
Christian love and friendship, or would He find a table of hypocrites
so busy making our outside appear perfect that our insides were
dying a slow death of neglect?
Like Jesus told the Pharisee, "But as to what is within, give alms, and
behold, everything will be clean for you." This giving of ourselves, our
alms, in love, kindness, friendship, forgiveness and mercy is the road
to cleaning up our insides. Yes, our Lord would be hard on us, but He
always shows us the way to redemption and perfection.
- Don Claunch, SFO
(dlclaunch at bresnan dot net)
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