Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 26, A.D. 2005
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Todayıs First Reading from Paul to the Romans gives one a sense of hope!
If we go first to the Gospel we hear Christ advising His followers to
enter by the narrow gate. In other words they are to follow the most
difficult path in their attempt to gain eternity. He adds that many will
attempt this path, but will not be able to do so due to lack of strength.
What discouraging words for us, given our human frailties!
The first reading however, has already built us up with hope to hear
the words of Christ. In that reading we hear St. Paul reassuring us that
"all things work for good for those who love God." (Romans 8:26-30) In
addition, that reading reminds us that we have the Holy Spirit to assist
us, even to help us in prayer.
Perhaps the first important step for us in going down that path to the
narrow gate is to realize that we are human and weak, and that we really do
need the assistance of the Holy Spirit. Also, we might ask ourselves
whether we are walking down that path with a strong love of God or just to
seek the glories of a better world for ourselves.
"Guide us Lord, along this straight and narrow path."
Joan of Jesus, OCDS
(jmurphy at utica dot edu)
Lives of the saints:
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