Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 21, A.D. 2005
Psalm 119:66, 68, 76-77, 93-94
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?"
Sometimes we do not see clearly--our judgment is so clouded and so obscured
by our worries and desires of the moment that we cannot see what is right
before our eyes. This is most particularly true when we are looking at
God's law. It is perfectly clear what He desires from us, but those desires
are at odds with what we see as immediately good for us.
True judgment involves the whole person mentally--memory, intellect, and
will. Memory assists us in recognizing the pattern or the action from the
past. Intellect helps us discern what is the proper course of action. The
will must be invoked to act on the proper course of action.
Of course all three of these are covered by grace. By ourselves we can do
no good--it is only with God's assistance that we can discern and act upon
the proper way. God has clearly marked out the path for us and gives us the
grace for the strength to follow it. We must learn to reorder our faculties
to desire what God desires for us and not to desire that God should change
His express will.
If we rely upon the judgments of those around us (and too often we have in
the past) we are led down the societal path of least resistance and we
participate in the culture of death. When we know and do God's will we in
some small part spare the world some of the suffering it would otherwise
endure. More than that, through grace we teach the world by our lives and
actions what is the proper direction for all to follow.
Lives of the saints:
Friday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
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