Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 29, A.D. 2005
Romans 11:1-2a, 11-12, 25-29
Psalm 94:12-13a, 14-15, 17-18
Luke 14:1, 7-11
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
In today's First Reading we hear St. Paul saying something that we often
forget; or if we remember, don't pay much attention to it. It is that God's
promises are everlasting. Just because things seem to be going awry doesn't
mean God has utterly rejected His people, changed His mind, or gone back on
Paul reminds the Jews that God doesn't change His mind and that the
Israelites will always be God's chosen people, the inheritors of the
promises made to Abraham. But God being just, He demands that they act in
accordance with the law He made so clear.
What is more interesting, Paul said that the conversion of Israel will not
happen until the Gentiles are fully converted. It is as if we, the branch
grafted onto the vine of Israel must first be fully healthy and strong
before the main vine can grow sufficiently and bear its promised fruit.
What a responsibility, to give back to the primordial vine, what they
refused and we have been given the opportunity to accept; the sacrificial
love of Christ. Then one day both vine and branch will grow and Israel will
be reconciled by the mysterious witness of us who really were "called out of
Darkness into His own marvelous Light." Pray, let us do our part.
- Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
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