Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
June 26, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Genesis 13:2, 5-18
Matthew 7:6, 12-14
A reflection on today's Scripture:
"Enter through the narrow gate.
For the gate that is wide and the road that is broad
leads to destruction." (see Matthew 7:13)
God's major concern is to share with us His righteousness, a righteousness that subsists in His love and is our only means of establishing and living in a world prevailed by truth, peace and joy. Abram proved himself righteous by selflessly giving Lot first choice of pasture for his flocks.
Seeing Abram's devotion to Him, his goodness and generosity, God promised him that he would "father" an entire people, as numerous as the grains of sand, who would make Him known to the world. Abram sealed his love for God and trust in His promise by building an altar to worship Him. Today's psalm reading defines those traits that distinguish righteous people and assures those living in God's way that He will remain their ever present guide and help.
Jesus asserts that participation in God's righteousness is the most important of human choices. He tells His disciples, however, that some will violently reject God's offer of living in Him, and these will seek to destroy both His message and its messengers.
God wills His Word to be heard and accepted by all, but His evangelists must also exercise prudence in their efforts to draw souls to Him. They are not to engage in fruitless arguments but discern those so deeply mired in evil that they will seek to destroy anyone who challenges their values or behavior.
Humanity has only two options: it may choose to abide in the light, the love and truth of God that leads to eternal life; or it may choose to be lost in darkness, suffering pain and anger as it sees that it has separated itself eternally from the God Who had wanted only to share His love.
O Lord of hope, speak to our hearts, help us to see that this world only offers empty promises and fleeting joys, that there is no fullness of life apart from You. Amen
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
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