Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 28, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
2 Thessalonians 1:1-5, 11-12
Psalm 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 4-5
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
In both readings we ponder upon today, we come to realize that our love for God and His people must be authentic and true in our hearts. It is one thing to praise and honor God in our churches and holy places, but to carry this love in our hearts beyond these borders is another challenge. To love and pray not only for our friends and family, but to respect and love our enemies is where Christianity truly shines forth. In giving of ourselves to another through prayer to God, allows us to know who we ought to be in Christ.
Matthew extends this notion by quoting Jesus' scrutiny toward the scribes and Pharisees; that is, by loving only your friends and praying for them--well, anyone can do that! By loving and praying for those who despise you, your reward will be great in Heaven. Jesus also warns us not to judge others in their attempt to speak and come close to God, for the simple man that gives praise and thanksgiving through a smile heavenward is greater than a self-proclaiming holy man who recites prayers seven times a day. The simple man smiles to Jesus from his heart. Oftentimes simplicity of heart is forever triumphed in Heaven.
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St. Augustine, bishop and doctor of the Church
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