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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 28, A.D. 2006

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Revelation 14:14-19
Psalm 96:10-13
Luke 21:5-11

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

The day will come when there will not be left one stone upon another . . . (see Luke: 21:6)

Today's readings deal with the effects and end results of faithlessness. Sadly, disbelievers in God have chosen a bleak and hopeless existence, trapped themselves in a world devoid of true love, truth and justice. Lacking a foundation upon which to build a sound and unchanging morality, their days move randomly, at the mercy of ever-changing tides. By denying God and the existence of an immortal human soul, they deny being accountable to a higher power and so mainly obey their animal instincts for ascendancy and survival. Their fictitious freedom is actually enslavement to their insatiable appetite for worldly goods, unheeding of harm to others while remaining in denial of their own death and eternal loss.

Christ foresees the destruction of Jerusalem's temple caused by His people willfully turning away from God, their protector. Jesus tells the faithful, those living in God's truth and love in joyful anticipation of gaining heaven, that they will be hounded by infidels who will hate them for exposing their sinful behavior. St. John's "Revelation" pictures the fate of unbelievers. Biblically, blood is seen as the very source of life. Pity those souls who have denied and willfully refused to receive the cleansing and saving blood of Christ, for in the end they will be wrung dry of all life to become like empty skins left in a winepress. At death, when these souls encounter the light and fire of God's love, they will see themselves as they really are. After a lifetime of rejecting Him, they will have rendered themselves incapable of bearing His Presence. In consequence, they will be left with Satan to exist eternally in excruciating pain, raging in their eternal loss.

Merciful Christ, help us see that heaven or hell is a matter of human choice, and that we can attain eternal life with You if we, in this life, agree to being transformed in Your Holy Image. Amen.

- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)

Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

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