Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 20, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 Samuel 24:3-21
Psalm 57:2-4, 6, 11
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"He...summoned those whom he wanted and they came to Him"
Often we look upon those who serve God in some visible way to be superior to the ordinary run of humanity. Today's readings refute that assumption. If we examine the roster of Christ's apostles we discover that most were workmen, neither "high born" nor "learned."
Judas Iscariot was the most educated of the twelve, yet he was the one who betrayed Jesus, who delivered Him up to His enemies by leading them to Him. Those with highly developed intellects may enjoy certain advantages, but unless they also possess loving, humble hearts, they cannot continue Christ's mission of drawing people to God, of restoring them to His friendship and teaching them to love Him and one another unconditionally.
Jesus purposely chose what we may think of as "weaker" vessels, unable to convincingly bear to the Israelites the good news of God's forgiveness and salvation to the repentant; for who would listen to a mere fisherman or hated tax collector. Jesus knew that people who are aware of their personal limitations are more apt to remain faithful to Christ's message, not daring to put their own "spin" on His words nor take credit for His miraculous works.
Such were the men who accepted in faith Christ's bidding to preach His word, heal the sick and cast out demons, tasks far beyond their human capabilities. Love for Jesus, humility and total trust in Him would enable them, since God gives His power only to such as these. In contrast, Scripture records that the "learned" Pharisees and Scribes were so filled with "self" that they left no room for God to work His "goodness" in and through them.
Father of all truth and love,
instill in us that all we are,
do or possess,
are gifts from You.
May we always use these gifts
in ways to give You honor
and so draw others to You.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
Lives of the saints:
The Second Week in Ordinary Time
St. Fabian, pope and martyr
St. Sebastian, martyr
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