Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 4, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Leviticus 25:1, 8-17
Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 7-8
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Herod was a terribly shallow and lost man.
Warned by John the Baptist that his marriage was unlawful, Herod threw John in prison but was afraid to kill him for fear of the people. Then, when requested to have John beheaded, Herod complied as he had made an oath to do anything requested even though it caused him grief. The sad thing is that Herod, in his fear of others, had John falsely imprisoned and murdered, all the while ignoring the greater punishment sure to come.
This scenario is, unfortunately, played out over and over throughout history. In fear of what others might say or do, many have sinned greatly, not aware of the ultimate judgment that will come.
As we examine ourselves daily in prayer and reflection, do we sometimes find that we do things we know are wrong, only to please someone else or to avoid the criticisms or desires of others? While we may not commit the atrocity that Herod committed, the fault remains with us no matter how small the sin. As our Lord and John the Baptist showed us, doing the right thing is always right regardless of what consequence we might face here on earth.
- Don Claunch, SFO --
Saturday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
Saint John Vianney, priest
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