Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 17, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 69:3, 14, 30-31, 33-34
A reflection on today's Scripture:
It will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. (Matthew 11:24)
Today's readings illustrate both the good and bad effects of human fear. Fear can insure self-preservation. Yet, it may also cause suffering or death.
In Moses' case, his mother's fear preserved his life, eventually leading to his participation in God's plan of delivering the Israelites from Egyptian slavery and making them His covenant people. On the negative side, in his youth, out of fear, Moses killed a man, thus creating for himself the greater fear of discovery and retaliation.
Were it not for human sin, fear of one another would be unknown in this world. Psalm 69 expresses our human helplessness, that apart from God we cannot bring about any good. He alone can free us from our captivity in sin through our loving and obedient faith in Christ.
By living in Christ, God's Word, we can learn to love perfectly; this leads us to recall John's epistle in which he tells us that perfect love has no fear. Indeed, if genuine, divine love filled all our human hearts, it would cancel every negative behavior that generates fear.
In today's Gospel, Christ reproaches those towns refusing to recognize their sinórefusing to repent and to accept God's gift of a new life to be lived in His love and truth.
When Jesus speaks of their annihilation, He is not referring to divine vengeance but to the self-destruction, both physical and spiritual, that sin can bring upon us. Those who have either ignorantly or willfully separated themselves from our one true God's loving will and His grace, are spawning the present day epidemic of hatred and violence at home and abroad.
O Blessed Redeemer, banish the darkness of this world, fill with Your light and love all those who believe in You so that they may help others to find their way into Your kingdom. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS --
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