Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
February 11, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6
1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20
Luke 6:17, 20-26
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Blessed are those who trust in God alone!
On the other hand, those who place their trust outside of God, in people, or money, or pleasure, or possessions, are doomed to final unhappiness.
The nation of Judah in the time of Jeremiah was very nervous about the power of Babylon. In order to save themselves, many felt it wise to join the enemy and compromise their values. Jeremiah warned them to trust only in God's advice, not in what the false prophets were urging them to do. They didn't listen; as a result, God allowed them to be led into the Babylonian captivity.
The response to today's reading, "Blessed are they who hope in the Lord," is rounded out with Psalm 1 which compares the man who trusts God with a tree "planted near running streams." Even in times of drought, it has nourishment. The one who scorns God's Word, trusting rather in human resources, is like "chaff, blown about by the wind."
As usual, the first reading and today's responsorial psalm are linked closely to the Gospel. Here is the famous Sermon on the Plain (the parallel to this is Matthew's Sermon on the Mount), in which Jesus says God will pour His blessings on the poor, the hungry, the sorrowful, and the abused, not because of their misery, but because they endure all this for the sake of God's truth, God's love, and God's justice.
Why should we trust that God will reward us for patiently enduring trials for the sake of the Gospel? St. Paul answers this in today's second reading. He tells the new Christians that, if Christ didn't rise from the dead, then it's foolish to trust God's Word. But since Jesus did rise from the dead, how foolish and sinful for us not to trust in God!
Do I really trust in God? Totally? Do I act as though I believe, with courage, serenity, and joy?
Dear God, help me to trust you completely!
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(pwhitmore29 at yahoo dot com)
February 11, 2007
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