Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
June 30, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
2 Kings 25:1-12
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"By the river of Babylon we sat mourning and weeping when we remembered Zion."
Often our newscasts report a variety of tragedies, sometimes natural and at other times man made; these cause people to abandon the security of their homes and possessions, and so endure many hardships. Today's first reading reveals the Israelites' great suffering when an enemy destroyed their holy city, Jerusalem, and exiled all but a few to Babylon. Through faithlessness, disobedience to His Word, they had willfully separated themselves from God's protective love. There is a lesson that we can learn from this in our day. God has no need to punish transgressors; for those who insist on exercising their "free will" to become their own "little gods," He leaves to experience its self-destructive consequences.
The latter statement leads us to today's Gospel. Though man mires himself in sin, still God's grace abounds for those who have the humility to see their need and seek healing from the fatal effects of this condition affecting all humanity. In Christ's time, the Pharisees held the greater religious power. Unfortunately, they interpreted God's law in a purely legalistic manner that emphasized "practices" that often overlooked the "spirit" of the law -- the love that allows man to live in peace and justice.
Leprosy was then an incurable, contagious illness causing gross and painful disfigurement. Christ's healing of a man so afflicted was a work of mercy not only toward the man, but in hastening him to show himself to the priest and make the proper offering of thanksgiving, He sought also to awaken religious leaders that God was indeed visiting them in the Person of Jesus, their awaited Messiah. Stubborn disbelief in the proof Christ provided "for" them actually became a proof "against" them. Jerusalem would again be destroyed.
Loving Christ, strengthen Your faithful followers to persist in planting and nurturing Your words and deeds, knowing that their growth and fruitfulness remain in Your hands.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
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