Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 14, A.D. 2005
1 Maccabees 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63
Psalm 119:53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
The First Reading and Gospel for today have such powerful messages, and
seemed impossible at first, to speak about both of them in just a few
paragraphs. It then occurred to me that in Her Wisdom, Holy Mother
provides us with selections from Holy Scripture that are connected and
With that thought in mind the frightening reading from Maccabees, which
seems too familiar, like a commentary on our own times and the Gospel
healing of the blind beggar became intimately connected. Like the the
Israelites and the beggar, we know we're in need and each of us
for what will give us peace and happiness.
The question becomes, are we going to be like the people in the times
Maccabees who sought self-gratification for the answer, forgetting
altogether the laws and commands of the one true God? Or, are we going
be like the blind beggar who knows enough to call out, "Jesus Son of
have pity on me ...I want to see!"
Only with our permission can God work in our lives to satisfy us and
what we really desire. The choice is really quite simple: do we "go it
our own" and suffer the consequences? Or, do we fall at the feet of our
loving and merciful God, who you remember, first asked the beggar.
you want me to do for you?" And then after receiving an answer from the
beggar, He did it!
- Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
(drn3rd at hotmail dot com)
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