Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
May 29, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 50:5-8, 14, 23
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Many who are first will be last, and the last will be first. (see Mark 10:31)
A friend, an unmarried lady with no living relatives, told me she had "adopted" a younger woman in need so that in her old age she would have someone to love and care for her. The fact is that genuine Godly love is always freely given, neither expecting nor extorting return for kindnesses rendered.
In Sirach we see that living in God means living in a love that is ever directed outwardly from self to others by treating them with truth, justice and cheerful generosity. These would be rewarded by God. Old Testament thinking took this to mean that such people would be given wealth and power.
In today's Gospel Peter reflects this latter thinking by asking Jesus what His disciples' "return" will be for their having sacrificed family, home and security for His kingdom. Jesus overturns the Old Testament idea; for He tells us this world is destined to pass away, but those following God's Word, though heirs to suffering, will gain for themselves and others far greater treasures that can last eternally.
Those who expend all their energies amassing wealth, power and fame, people this world considers the "first" will become so absorbed in keeping and adding to their possessions, that they will render themselves "last," those blind to God who is the giver of a life which transcends all our earthly weaknesses. Those willing to be liberated by Christ from sin, who are ready to learn how to participate in God's holiness by abandoning all selfishness and self-will can bring a bit of heaven into this world.
O Heavenly Father, giver of every good gift, make us seek bringing into this world Your greater wisdom, a deeply sincere and self-giving love and a clearer discernment of Your truths. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
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