Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 13, A.D. 2005
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
...the Wisdom of God said, "I will send prophets and apostles, some of whom
they may kill or persecute." (Luke 11: 49)
Paul's letter to the Romans states that we gain the righteousness of God
through faith in Christ, our Savior, Who offers us new life as a gift of
grace. He emphasizes this to counter the teachings of the religious experts
of his day who stressed works as the means of achieving righteousness in
God's eyes and salvation. St. Paul is telling converts to Christianity that
simply fulfilling a long list of empty rules, performing external works, was
useless. Faith is not merely a state of mind, blind belief; faith is also a
condition of the human heart that has been touched by God and so enabled to
reflect His love to others.
It was a wonderful stroke of irony on the part of God who used the murderous
act of the religious leaders against Jesus as the means of bringing
salvation to humanity. Sadly, the blind heartlessness of these men who
lived selfishly, in self-righteousness rather than in the righteousness of
God, hindered or delayed many from entering His kingdom. In keeping with
recorded history, once again the innocent were deprived and left to suffer
along with the guilty who had separated themselves from God's life and
We are reminded of the truth learned from St. James' epistle when he wrote,
"Faith without works is dead." We can now validly add from today's readings
that "works without faith" are also dead.
Father God, may Your love, exercised in keeping with Your will, always impel
our works, thereby causing their recipients to be drawn to You to praise
Your goodness and generosity. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
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