Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 21, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 85:9, 11-14
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.
(see Matthew 19:30)
Christ's coming to earth proves that the dearest desire of our God, Who is Love, is the salvation of every human soul. Man being made in His image means that He has gifted each of us with an eternal soul and spirit through which we can communicate with Him Who wishes to guide us in lives of love, truth, justice and peace.
God's love, unlike the human variety, is not an ever-changing emotion; it is His commitment to being our absolute benefactor and authority Who asks us to participate, through grace, in His blessed life. Our refusal to do so reduces humans to cannibals feeding upon one another, hence our world's present conditions.
Because our infinite God is the source of all riches, earthly and heavenly, He is also the most generous giver of His blessings, always eager for us to accept them, and in turn, to willingly share them with others.
Jesus in today's Gospel does not condemn the rich, for God gave them the ability to prosper, but like Himself, He calls them to make Him visible on this earth through their generous, self-giving love. The rich condemn themselves by their deliberate separation from God, using all their energies and talents to amass worldly riches, gain personal possessions, power and prestige.
Humility and self-sacrifice are the basic ingredients of God's genuine love. The "rich" who walk in His love will open the way to salvation for themselves and others who see God's goodness reflected in their behavior.
O ever-giving God, Your love for us extends beyond all the earthly boundaries erected by man. Help us to demolish the walls we have built separating us from You and one another. Amen
- Marie Bocko, OCDS --
Tuesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Pius X, pope
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