Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 31, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Exodus 33:7-11; 34:5-9 & 28
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Whoever has ears ought to hear. (Matthew 13:43)
Having freed the Israelites from slavery, God now taught His chosen people, through Moses, the way to becoming His true children, fully prepared to make Him, His love and truth known to the world.
This has historically proven to be a difficult task; for whereas God’s love is always sacrificial, self-giving, human love is tainted by sin and therefore acquisitive and self-seeking.
God’s introductory lesson, the Ten Commandments, taught His people the rudiments of social behavior toward Him and one another. First they were to accept His loving authority over them followed by their respecting one another’s individual rights to life, property, and marital relationships. Psalm 103 specifies some aspects of God’s love that all of His people are called to emulate.
Christ, in our Gospel, reveals other dimensions of God’s love.
To those who ask why God allows the devil’s “weeds” to grow amidst and bring harm to the good “wheat,” the obvious answer is that God’s loving mercy gives sinners every opportunity until their dying breath to repent, be forgiven and resolve to live in God’s will.
Less obvious is the fact that those who are “believers” are called to learn to love as God loves, unconditionally and steadfastly, to love even those whose behavior is hateful and destructive.
God’s genuine love grows within us when it is Challenged. So we, by grace, should respond by lifting miscreants to God in prayer rather than cursing them. It is the love, truth, mercy and forgiveness of God that we who “believe” must strive to make visible in this world.
O Loving Father, please open our eyes to see the beauty of all human life. Please teach us to genuinely cherish our brethren, and in experiencing Your love, may they be drawn to You. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS --
Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
St Ignatius of Loyola, priest
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