Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 11, A.D. 2005
Psalm 19:2-3, 4-5ab
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"³Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it
This sentence has a very specific meaning in the context of the passage
today. However, it also has a much broader meaning, a meaning for the
conduct of everyday life that we might do well to consider.
In the course of living each person develops some habits and traits
help make certain things bearable, that help them "find life." Each
has ways of coping with difficult people and situations, some more
than others. Each person has built up around the child who experienced
most directly, a fortification designed to keep others outside--to
through only those people and events that are tolerable.
As a result each person has cut him or herself off to a greater or
extent. As one develops these habits , one cuts off certain means of
effective grace. The people God sends to each one every day are the
He intends to help us grow in love of Him. If a person chooses not to
with the day, they choose not to use the ordinary means of grace that
provides each day to connect us to Him.
In seeking to "find ourselves" or make life more livable, many people
out of touch with the source of life itself. Life becomes less
How does one fix this?
There is only one way--complete surrender. Each person must allow the
man to die, to be done away with, to come to an end. In so doing, one
freed to love with Christ's love, to pursue real life, to take up one's
position in the body of Christ. This is the only means. No one can
into God's plan on his or her own terms. It cannot be done. We do not
pray, "My will be done," but rather, "Thy will be done." And this is
prayer that opens the door to becoming the person God wishes us to be.
will be done, "declares surrender, death of the old and selfish person,
new identity in Christ Jesus.
Thy will be done, here and now on Earth,
here in my very person,
in Your way,
in Your time,
in Your love.
use Your means to transform me into You
and let me begin to live Your real life. Amen.
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Lives of the saints:
The Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
St. Martin of Tours, bishop
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