Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 26, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 117:1, 2
Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13
A reflection on today's Scripture:
If someone were to conduct a survey that asked a simple question, “When you die, do you want to go to heaven or to hell,” can you imagine anyone answering, “I prefer hell”?
Everyone wants happiness without end, yet how many people are willing to undergo the disciplined life that is necessary to attain it?
No wonder Jesus, in today’s Gospel, answers the way He does to the person who asks, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” Jesus tells the crowd to do their best to enter through the narrow door. Furthermore, just because someone has followed Him around and listened to His teaching, that does not guarantee salvation. They can’t just say, “We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.”
He goes on to tell them that they must put His teaching into practice. Jesus might have been referring to today’s first reading from Isaiah when God told Israel not to think that the chosen people are the only ones who will be saved. “Some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last . . . I am coming to gather all nations and all tongues . . .” and many of these had never heard of His glory before!
This Sunday, make sure your children really listen to the reading just before the Gospel. It’s all about discipline.
”My child, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord or lose heart when you are punished by Him; for the Lord disciplines those whom He loves, and chastises every child whom He accepts.” The writer is speaking to the early Christians, but also to us adults today, since we’re all God’s children: “Therefore, lift your drooping hands, and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet.” What a wonderful pep talk the Lord gives us today!
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore --
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