Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 31, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Jeremiah 31:10, 11-12abcd, 13
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
I heard a priest teaching at a retreat some years ago, that we can allow anything in our lives to become an idol. It can be money, property, power, food or anything that becomes more important to us than loving our God and caring for our spiritual health. When God first gave Moses the law He strictly forbid idolatry of any kind, a commandment the nation of Israel and countless others through history have had trouble obeying.
The Pharisees took an absolute view of the law and they allowed no exceptions to it. All things had to adhere to the letter of the law and when they saw others not keeping this, their criticism was sharp. But, how blind they were! In today’s gospel we find the Pharisees deep in the form of idolatry that our retreat director taught about: they put their nation and land above their very salvation!
When confronted with the facts of Jesus, the Pharisees became deeply concerned that if His popularity grew, the Romans would “come and take away both our land and our nation.” Their very nation became their idol and caused them to turn their backs on the Living God.
When God gave the law to Moses, He did so for our own good. He knew our tendency would be to stray and that it would cause us all sorts of trouble. Keeping our attention fixed constantly on Him was the only way to salvation and freedom. We must be constantly vigilant about the idols we allow into our lives.
- Don Claunch, SFO
(dlclaunch at bresnan dot net)
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