Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 4, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Genesis 21:5, 8-20a
Psalm 34:7-8, 10-11, 12-13
A reflection on today's Scripture:
What have you to do with us? (Matthew 8:29)
The mercy and compassion of the Lord and are beautifully demonstrated in this passage of scripture. And the human response is all too typical.
Two men possessed by demons approach Jesus. The demons within them recognize Jesus and call out to Him. They know that Jesus will not allow them to retain their preferred homes, one of the Children of God, so they beg to be cast into the bodies of pigs.
Why Jesus allows this, we cannot say, unless it is both a sign of his compassion even for the fallen angels and a test to humankind. For when Jesus had done this and the swineherds had related the tale to the village, the people came and begged Him to go away.
Why did they do so? He had rescued two men from a terrible fate at the cost of a bunch of pigs. And yet this cost was too much. Too many times people today treat the cost of helping those in distress as an unnecessary burden--they too want Jesus to go to a different town--the cost of serving Him is much too high.
But the truth is that when serving Jesus is the top priority, no cost is too high. The service itself is so rewarding that no amount of money can ever return the same reward.
Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Elizabeth of Portugal
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