Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
February 12, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46
Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11
1 Corinthians 10:31--11:1
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Jesus seems a bit irritated with those prescriptions of Leviticus.
certainly not against cleanliness, however. God the Father knew what
was doing! Because of the wisdom of many of those rituals, He chosen
avoided many an epidemic that might have decimated them in the desert
well as in later years. They anticipated our modern hospital
But that isnıt the point of the Gospel, which is about the way we treat
socially unclean in our society. Just as Jesus' compassion for that
overrode the prohibition of physical contact with them, so, too, we
examine our treatment of those we consider unacceptable.
who are under church sanction because of invalid marriages, or those
with drug or alcohol addiction, or those who are irresponsible in
Perhaps it's a question of delinquent children or
or young adults who sponge off their parents. Haven't they separated
themselves from God?
Shouldn't we separate ourselves from such
Yes, from their behavior, but not from them, for they are our brothers
sisters. Jesus willed to heal them, and so must we. To do so, He had
risk His own legal cleanliness by touching them! What kind of risk
willing to take?
Our journey to God demands that we imitate the life and the
love of Jesus. How can we, like Jesus, be agents of healing? Our
reading gives us sound advice. St. Paul tells us to do all we do for
glory of God, attempting to please all kinds of people. A smile, a
encouragement, a kind action, can go a long way. Perhaps we can even
walking further with them by getting counseling for them, befriending
with an occasional cup of coffee, or inviting them to Mass. After all,
their "leprosy" is probably only skin deep.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(smartins at frontiernet dot net)
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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