Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
February 24, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 103:1-4, 8-9, 11-12
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"What God has joined together,
no human being must separate."
(see Mark 10:9)
Human relationships were ordained by God to be forged and bound
the fire of God's love, the very love that unites the Trinity in one
In an era of minimalist religion and "good enough" attitudes, many have
sight of the very heart of the Gospel. Yes, we are forgiven and
friendship with God through Christ's sacrificial giving of Himself to
expiate our sins; but this is only half the story. Our Triune God
to a deep intimacy with Him by giving us, through His Holy Spirit who
indwells us, the means to grow in holiness and eventually achieve union
What is this union He desires with us? It is purely a work of grace,
final step in healing the breach created by the first Adam. It is
through our assent and cooperation as we progressively surrender our
self-will and allow His will to prevail in our lives. As we are emptied
our selfish ways, Christ's Spirit fills the void with God's own
we are enabled to love as He loves. The fruit of this process is
the quality of our relationships with others.
Marriage, seen from God's perspective revealed by Christ, is not a mere
legal partnership to be broken should the union prove difficult or
unprofitable. It is a sacred call to men and women to participate in
love in fulfillment of His holy plan. They are to form mutually
nurturing pairs, joined for life to work out together their salvation;
is, they are to actually exhibit Christ's life in this world under His
guidance and protection. Marriage was intended by God to provide a
stable, life-giving nucleus for future generations, not an exercise in
self-gratification it has become for so many.
enable us by Your grace
to surrender ourselves wholly to You
that we may participate in the joy,
peace and genuine freedom you give us
when our human relationships are forged
by Your love.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
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