Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 17, A.D. 2005
1 Maccabees 2:15-29
Psalm 50:1-2, 5-6, 14-15
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"They will not leave one stone on another
because you did not recognize your time of visitation."
(see: Luke 19:44)
Without realizing it, our daily lives are governed by blind faith.
canned soup, riding a bus or using an elevator demand faith in unseen
people, imperfect like ourselves--factory workers, mechanics, drivers.
many refuse to put their faith in our perfect God who is not totally
invisible as some say. We can infer Him from what we perceive, a
diverse, orderly nature shaped in beauty and a humanity gifted with
intelligence and creativity supplied with all the raw materials needed
its survival and comfort.
Today's readings show the necessity of faith to human survival, both
physical and spiritual. In Maccabees we meet a man who refused to
his faith, who practiced righteousness, kept the Law of the Covenant.
faithfulness and that of his followers cost them dearly; they escaped a
tyrant to live in a wilderness rather than submit to a heathen ruler
killed people who followed God's Law. They assumed hardships and
death, trusting that loving faith in God would ultimately give them
In contrast, Jesus weeps over Jerusalem's faithlessness leading to its
imminent destruction by the Roman armies. Its religious leaders had
only misinterpreted God's Law, thus failing to adhere to its truths and
spirit of love, but they also remained blind to Christ's many signs and
wonders as proof that God was indeed "visiting" them in the Person of
Christ. God's protection rests on those who in loving faith keep God's
Sadly, sin is never a private matter; it inevitably injures the
along with the guilty.
O gracious Lord, make us ever more sensitive to the necessity of being
witnesses to Your truth and love, that the world may come to know that
in You leads to salvation.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
Lives of the saints:
The Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time
Elizabeth of Hungary, religious
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