Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 12, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 33:1, 12, 18-19, 20-22
Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19
A reflection on today's Scripture:
One of the more frightening games that children play is Blind Man's Bluff in which one player is blindfolded and has to "tag" the other players without knowing where they are. Teasing the one blindfolded can sometimes be cruel.
Blind faith can be frightening too. In today's readings, God reassures us of the rewards for those who live by faith. Abraham is the great example, even firmly trusting God when asked to sacrifice his son, Isaac. The Israelites often grumbled, but Moses steadfastly followed God's instructions in the desert.
In a confused and frightening world, we need to read today's Gospel over and over again. "Don't be afraid, little flock," Jesus says. "God has decided to give you the kingdom!" Jesus does not suggest that we walk in blind faith, He demands it! There is a lavish reward in store for steadfast believers, and a rather harsh punishment awaiting those who get tired of waiting around. The wisest course for the follower of Jesus is to live as if every day were to be the last.
There is a strong message here for the leaders of the Church community. "To those to whom much has been given, much will be required!" Not only do we need to pray daily for our bishops, priests, deacons and religious, we need to be models of staunch faith ourselves. The Lord will never abandon His children.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore --
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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