Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 20, A.D. 2005
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"I have come to set the earth on fire...." (Luke 12:49)
Those well informed in world history and current events see that people
remain divided and conflicted along varied lines--political, religious,
moral, racial, ethnic, etc. St. Paul's letter to the Roman converts to
Christianity deals with healing the breach between the all-holy God and
sinful man. His implication is that accepting and living in the Divine Word,
Jesus Christ, is the only way all humanity can be united and at peace with
God and one another.
In today's Gospel Jesus reveals that He has been sent into this world to set
it free through God's purifying and transforming love to be ministered to
man through the Holy Spirit. But before this can take place, Jesus said He
must suffer the "baptism" of death for the remission of human sin and also
offer us His new, resurrected life so that all may be reunited with our
heavenly Father. Ironically, Jesus also tells us that His saving act will
also serve to create further divisions on this earth; for man's "free will"
always remains operative.
It is human pride and ignorance that hinder our seeing the need to die to
our personal sins and being born again to live in a Christlike manner. Many
are too comfortable and self-satisfied while exercising their free will,
"doing their own thing." The truth is that they are like dull-witted sheep,
attracted by the many different voices of this world's "trendsetters." The
latter noisemakers, for power, pleasure and profit, lure the unaware into a
false sense of freedom by providing them with an endless line of options and
distractions, focusing them on self rather than God, the only Source of all
Saving Lord, enkindle within our hearts the desire to be imbued with Your
blessed life. May we truly reflect Your goodness in this world, that all
may share in the joy only You can give.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
Lives of the saints:
The Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Paul of the Cross, priest
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