Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
June 19, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
2 Corinthians 8:1-9
Psalm 146:2, 5-9
A reflection on today's Scripture:
So, be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect. (see Matthew 5:48)
Being "perfect" means sincerely responding to God's call to love Him and others ceaselessly and unconditionally as He loves us. This is costly, for it requires our humility, a willingness to be emptied of self-will and pride by allowing God's Holy Spirit to shed light within us to reveal the true state of our souls.
This process is gradual, painful but necessary. We are to allow God to purge us of worldly, selfish, self-seeking ways, and cleanse our hearts and minds so they may be filled with His pure, holy and selfless love. Today's readings reveal the beneficial effects of allowing God to remove all our impurities that impede His light from shining clearly from us into this world.
God's Spirit is always at work and His success at changing hearts is seen in the Macedonians' overflow of generosity toward those bringing them Christ's message of hope and the promise of a new and holy life in God. Our psalm today speaks of God setting an example of generosity for us, providing for all human needs and offering us lives free from sin's burdens and distress.
Jesus declares the universality of God's love, poured forth on both saints and sinners. So we who claim to have faith in Him are obliged to extend His love unreservedly toward all. Expressing hatred for and taking revenge on vicious, destructive people only multiplies anger and violence in this world. But sincere, loving prayer for troubled souls and their victims can prompt miracles of divine healing.
O Father God, we rejoice in the faith You give us, Your Spirit of love that can bring us all together. Heal us and give us the strength and wisdom to form a true world-family. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
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