Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 30, A.D. 2005
Malachi 1:14b-2:2b, 8-10
Psalm 131:1, 2, 3
1 Thessalonians 2:7b-9, 13
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Ascend to the Lowest Place
Our Lord reminds us that, to embrace Truth, one truly ascends to a lower
place. He exalts the Father acknowledging there are none greater -- One
Teacher, with none surpassing. Jesus ordains His apostolic successors
stripping all to don a towel, embrace a wash basin, lowering Himself beneath
their feet, as soberly His beloveds receive from their God the Way to
prepare souls for the miracle of the Eucharist. Baptized souls require the
cleansing grace of confession prior to receiving the Eucharistic meal just
as dusty soles are washed prior to this Passover meal.
The attention and honor the exalted ones exact, contrasts with Jesus'
solitary agonizing in the garden and despicable crucifixion to passionately
redeem man's sins through His ascent to the lowest places, the cross, the
tomb, the dead, to raise all to union with God.
Beloved Lord, You passionately show Your beloveds the Way, the Truth, and
the Life to be ambitious for souls in You. Let us hasten to ascend to the
lowest places to embrace souls to You. Let us soberly seek forgiveness in
confession, to be made ready to be Eucharistically One with You.
- Mary Williams
Lives of the saints:
The Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
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