Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
June 27, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
Psalm 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9
A reflection on today's Scripture:
"Every Good Tree Bears Good Fruit . . . . " (see Mt.7:19)
Discernment is often difficult. So many things sound so good. So many people have learned the art of deception, of sounding good but of being hollow to the very core. How can we tell?
Most important of all is not to rush into anything in the spiritual realm. Hold tight to the guidance offered by Holy Mother Church, who clearly steers us in the direction of faith. And then meditate on these words of Jesus and observe closely.
What fruit do you see from this or that person or movement. Is the movement in obedience to the guidance of the Church? Do it's members carefully adhere to all that the Bishop says and refrain from criticizing him as he exercises his office. St. Teresa of Avila tells us that obedience is more pleasing to God than is being right. She learned that it was better to be obedient to her superiors in the Order and in the Church than it was to have her own way--that if God wished for something to happen, He would make the circumstances right.
Obedience is a clear sign and if flows from humility. Does this come out in the person or the group? Is service to others the first thing, or does it serve only the self? Are the people who comprise the group absolutely assured that theirs is the only truth and the only valid view of what is happening? Beware!
And both of these flow out of the key theological virtue, Charity. Where love is absent, God is missing. How is love made manifest? How is God's caring expressed?
It's important to remember that any group is made up of people who will fail in one or more of these on a fairly regular basis. Nothing should be hastily judged by a single encounter. But as we are discerning, we are looking for the movement of the spirit--for the clear signs of God's presence. And the best discernment flows from prayer and particularly prayer for assistance from the Holy Spirit.
"By their fruits you shall know them."
Wednesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Cyril of Alexandria, bishop and doctor of the Church
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