Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 28, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Psalm 139:1-3, 4-6
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Cleanse first the inside of the cup, so the outside also may be clean.
(see Matthew 23:26)
The theme of today’s readings is “purity of heart,” an attribute that grows within us as we exercise God’s gift to us of Faith.
Purity of heart is the result of our abandoning ourselves to the sanctifying work of God’s Spirit, allowing His pure light to expose every action, word and thought that is at enmity with God’s holiness, His love.
This purification is painful: we will see ourselves in stark contrast to God’s goodness; we will be called upon to die to self that we may participate in His new divine life, outwardly directed to the good of others. St. Paul speaks of the purity of motivations within his heart as he delivers to the Thessalonians Christ’s saving message, God calling them, through him, to learn living in His purest love.
Jesus, in today’s Gospel, offers the scribes and Pharisees the wonderful freedom experienced by those who are “pure of heart.”
He wished to free them from living a falsehood, dissipating their energies by fulfilling “man made” laws that did nothing to increase their holiness but only created shining images of themselves as “perfect” religious authorities. Their hearts remained untouched by God’s pure and genuine love; therefore, they visited their spiritual poverty upon the people God had entrusted to them.
The pure of heart are the most free, for their shackles of sin have been broken. Christ’s death and resurrection destroyed this man-made prison, sin, one we insist on endlessly rebuilding.
O Blessed Redeemer, help us to perceive and obey Your divine, eternal values that will enable us to create a world pervaded by Your love, truth, justice, peace and joy. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS --
Tuesday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time
St. Augustine, bishop and doctor of the Church
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