Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
June 12, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
2 Corinthians 1:18-22
Psalm 119:129-133, 135
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
You are the salt of the earth . . .
You are the light of the world." (Matthew 5:13 & 14)
In our first reading St. Paul strongly affirms the absolute, infallible truth and irrevocable promises given us in God's Word, Jesus Christ. His "yes" says there is nothing uncertain, nor changing in "the new covenant" offered us by Christ. Believers in Him are confirmed in God's Holy Spirit, given to them as a first payment, actually a precious gift, which if accepted and His conditions obeyed, will make them participants in God's glory, eternal life.
In today's Gospel Jesus defines those traits inherent in God's true children; they will reflect His goodness, love and truth in this world, and in so doing glorify Him. Let us not mistake this to mean that God wants to be glorified on earth for His own sake or satisfaction; for all glory is already His. Our heavenly Father desires us to live in His word, to personify His love and truth on this earth for our own well-being and for the good of others. Man is fully human only if he surrenders his imperfect human will to the perfect will of His Father-Creator.
All chaotic world conditions result from our divorce from God. Jesus tells believers they are "the light of the world," those reflecting His holiness in word and deed, making God visible in this world and so draw others to Him Who is the true Source of Light. As "the salt of the earth" Christians are to "preserve" God's Holy Word that makes life fully satisfying. He alone can fulfill our deepest hunger and thirst, bring blessed rest to troubled souls.
Blessed Redeemer, You ceaselessly pour out Your life-giving love" upon us. May we allow it to freely overflow from us to all those whom we touch in our daily lives. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
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