Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 7, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 51:3-7, 12-13
A reflection on today's Scripture:
If a blind person leads a blind person, both will fall into a pit. (see Matthew 15:14)
Todayís readings explore aspects of faith that go far beyond mere mental belief in Godís existence, for faith abides within the human heart. We manifest our faith in God if we accept and fulfill the role in life He assigns to us rather than envying those given more prominent tasks
While faith does require unquestioned trust in and obedience of Godís will, in Numbers we see that His commands are tempered with mercy in the way He dealt with Aaronís and Miriamís sin, their envy of Moses being chosen as Godís spokesman.
Matthewís Gospel reveals that faith cannot be measured by external actions but should proceed from within the hearts of those who know and love God deeply. Impetuous Peter eagerly participated in the outward show of walking on water with the Lord, but lacked the deeper faith in Christís absolute, divine power over the winds buffeting them. True faith in Christ stands firm and trusting in every circumstance of life.
O Father God, draw us to sincere and deep prayer. Imbue us with a faith that springs from a genuine knowledge and love of You, so we may then share it with others. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS --
Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Sixtus II, pope and martyr and companion martyrs
St. Cajetan, priest
Lives of the saints:
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