Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 19, A.D. 2005
1 Maccabees 6:1-13
Psalm 9:2-3, 4 and 6, 16 and 19
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Even though Antiochus Epiphanes is a pagan king, he is still subject to
God's judgment. The remarkable aspect of this reading is that he is
to acknowledge God's justice in his exile and death. Our reading a few
ago details his sadistic cruelty towards a former friend of his, the
ninety-year old Eleazar. Finally, his treatment of the Macchabees
be his undoing. In the vindication of God's chosen people with the
of this pagan king, we see a foreshadowing of the universal kingship of
God's Son, Jesus, whose feast we will celebrate tomorrow. All kingdoms
shall eventually submit to the rule of the cosmic Christ. In Him alone
the world's salvation.
Another form of ultimate messianic triumph is found in today's Gospel.
Neither the Sadducees who do not believe in resurrection, nor the
who do, have the slightest inkling of the spiritual nature of Heaven.
their narrow view, they think to hang Jesus on the horns of a dilemma.
fail utterly. Because of their blind pride, they have not the grace to
capitulate to the authority of the Teacher. Instead, even though they
not ask him any more questions, their stubborn hearts are further
and they are confirmed in their murderous plots against Jesus.
All of us will indeed rise--some to glory, and others to damnation.
keep our hearts humble.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(smartins at frontiernet dot net)
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