Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 18, A.D. 2005
1 Maccabees 4:36-37, 52-59
1 Chronicles 29:10bcd, 11abc, 11d-12a, 12bcd
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"Because all the people were hanging on his words"
While they sought to kill Jesus, they could find no means because the
all around were rapt. They were caught up in his words and his
So why, ultimately were they able to get Him? Because most people
a new thing. For a while this Rabbi offered something new and
but then, as the seed landed on shallow ground, interest dried up and
In the first fervor of our faith, we often take up many devotions and
practices. We travel the road of them thoroughly, keeping them
Over time our ardor may die. The words that once held us close no
have any interest because of all the other things we crowded into our
Ask yourself truthfully, "Do I hang on His words? Is every word out of
Jesus' mouth my sole thought for the day? Is God's revelation of love
ground of my being? Do I listen to scripture and think about scripture
regularly as I do the lyrics of a song I like?"
I suspect the answer for most of us would be: "No." We've heard those
ten-thousand times before, the wine has been pressed out of the grapes
all that is left are the lees--the smashed out skin of the grapes. Or
seems. But such a thought is an illusion, a snare. The word of God is
ever-living. Each time we consider it anew we are made whole. Each
examine it we are transformed.
Take some time out today and spend it "hanging on Jesus' words." Take
time and trouble to do a "scriptural Rosary." Listen to what is said
scriptures that introduce and accompany each mystery. Read a short
of scripture--perhaps the readings for next Sunday's Mass, or reread
readings for today.
Hang on His words and you will be listening to the sounds of eternity.
will be hearing the voice of God Himself. You will be stunned when you
Him say, "You are the apple of my eye. You are my chosen, my beloved,
have loved you since before you were."
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