Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 6, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Isaiah 1:10, 16-20
Psalm 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, but whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Matthew 23:12)
Isaiah entreats God's people to hear and act upon His word by humbly turning away from stubborn selfishness and self-will and instead practicing His love and justice. The prophet reminds them that obedience to God results in safety and prosperity whereas resistance to His word will bring a consuming sword upon them. This does not denote God taking vengeance on His faithless people; it simply means that they will suffer the consequences of having evicted Him from their lives, the only source of power, protection, and salvation. Considering today's perilous world situations, we would be wise to assess our own nation's faithfulness to God's universal saving Word, Jesus Christ.
If we "talk" the love and truth of God's Word, we are also obliged to "walk" in Him. Some make a convincing show of being "beautiful" Christians: but God sees into the depths of human hearts to discover their motivations. He knows if our religious observances truly seek to know and love Him or if we are painting a flattering public self-portrait. Jesus was distressed by those Pharisees who used external religious trappings to exalt themselves while their hearts remained far from God. The genuinely religious person quietly, without empty "show," practices Christ's forgiving, self-sacrificing love and in truth builds peaceful, joyful, human relationships.
O Redeemer God, open our hearts to receive the fullness of Your new life given us in Christ. Make us genuine sharers of Your great blessing of salvation. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
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