Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 24, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves."
Reading newspapers and watching TV make one wonder what we would talk or complain about if we lived in a "victimless" world. In this present day many people would find life unbearable because they relish hearing of theft, murder, rape, adultery, war, etc. If they could no longer watch others' misfortunes and think better of themselves for avoiding such troubles, our news and entertainment media would immediately go bankrupt for lack of support. Also who could be so foolish as to believe in, obey or love a God Who would deny us such gruesome pleasures, Who asks us to consume our time by working to promote and do the dull job of cherishing life and loving others.
All sarcasm and irony aside, humanity has largely allowed itself to be fed moral garbage, thus coming to accept that subhuman behavior is unavoidable and perhaps even necessary in some situations. In consequence, many lives are in rebellion against God and especially toward the Christ of the New Testament who calls us to self-denial and self-giving love. St. John's Revelation is anathema to some human minds, for it prophesies a new world from which unrepented and unreformed sinners will have excluded themselves. The sweet and sour scroll John was told to eat represents the goodness of God's Word contrasted with the bitter struggles encountered by those living in His Word in this world. But while evil forces influence many souls, the love and truth of God will prevail in the end.
Jesus' forceful expelling of the money changers from the Temple area demonstrates that He has indeed come to cleanse and purify us, His people, from corrupting influences. What better place was there for Him to begin than at the threshold of God's dwelling? We would do well to apply this to ourselves who are called to be Temples of God's Holy Spirit
Almighty and merciful Christ, You cleanse and make all things new. May we allow You to make us truly clean and so give You glory throughout every moment of our lives. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
November 24, 2006
The Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time
St. Andrew Dung-Lac, priest, martyr and his companions, martyrs
Lives of the saints:
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