Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
June 9, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
2 Timothy 3:10-17
Psalm 119:157, 160-161, 165-166, 168
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
All who want to live religiously in Christ Jesus will be persecuted
(see 2 Timothy. 3:12)
Today's readings reveal the importance of correctly interpreting Scripture. Jesus humiliates the scribes but delights the people by revealing their error. These prideful men relied on their intellects alone rather than also seeking God's mind and heart through sincere prayer. They taught that the Messiah would descend from David's royal line but they did not see that David's own words called the Messiah, "Lord," a name transcending mere human lineage. Jesus implies that the scribes' spiritual ignorance blinds them to His true identity.
Paul's letter exhorts Timothy not to be intimidated, to faithfully teach Christian dogma despite people's objections and persecution. He reminds the young and perhaps timid preacher that he should expect to always encounter such problems but must strenuously deny false teachings. He refers to his own toil to keep the Faith pure in the knowledge that God will deliver him through all conflicts. Timothy is to steadfastly guide his flock in righteous living.
Problems regarding truth and love are multiplied in our day by a fragmented Christianity with each new sect insisting that they alone have the only correct interpretation of Scripture. Equally insidious is the mass media's influence through music, art, entertainment and news, each advertising pleasure, sex, self-indulgence, affluence, comfort and materialism while covertly or openly ridiculing the spiritual aspect of life. So we have come to worship "self," to greedily embrace a sugarcoated Gospel rather than the naked truth that God's genuine love places demands on us. Our heavenly Father sent Christ to embody -- make visible to us -- the sacrificial, self-giving love that leads humanity to peace, justice and salvation.
God of love and truth, pour Your Spirit upon our selfish, self-seeking hearts. Draw us to Yourself, prompt us to pray and so learn to know and follow Christ, your Son.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
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