Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 16, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 111:1-2, 4-5, 9-10
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. (Mark 2:27)
Today's readings cite the need for our developing a "heart" relationship with the God Who is Love. Currently, as in Christ's early Church, many think they fulfill their religious obligations by attending weekly services, donating to collections while still living within the world's values and practices. They do not see that it is possible to follow external religious observances but still be "fallen from the Faith" and remain spiritually dead. Becoming a Christian is a life-altering experience with God in Christ being the very "anchor" of our souls. We are to serve Him with deep, sincere prayer that results in our doing good works as inspired by the Holy Spirit, not merely for our personal satisfaction. By giving ourselves wholly to God's immutable purpose of humanity's salvation, we can then "hope" for eternal life.
In our Gospel we see the Pharisees berating Jesus' disciples for "unlawfully" gathering grain on the Sabbath to appease their hunger. Ironically, at times the Pharisees themselves were known to subordinate the law for human need. Their motive here was to discredit Christ by rigidly applying the law, making His disciples appear disobedient to God. Jesus acknowledges that the Sabbath is sacred, divinely instituted, but not as a painful imposition or drudgery. The day was created to man's advantage, a time to rest from daily labors and to commune with God, examine our consciences, repent of sins, worship and revere the One who provides amply for our needs. Had the Pharisees seen the law's basis to be love, they would have recognized Christ as God's law in human flesh, His absolute authority over all.
O Blessed Lord and redeemer, help us to direct all our efforts toward obeying the basis of Your law in love, so that Your truth, peace, unity and justice may prevail in this world. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
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