Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 11, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 145:1b-2, 8-9, 10-11
A reflection on today's Scripture:
You were buried with Him in baptism, you were also raised with Him from the dead. (see Colossians 2:12)
The above reference to baptism is usually associated with St. John who was sent by God to awaken the Israelites to their sin and to be cleansed of it through repentance. This was the first step in Godís final saving plan, for unless people see and admit they are ill, they will not seek healing.
St. Paulís letter to the Colossians expresses a fuller meaning to baptism by reminding them (and us) that Christ put our sin to death in His human flesh upon the cross. In turn, we, in faith, are to join Him in putting our sins to death, since it would be hypocritical and absurd for us to continue sinning.
When we are baptized into Christ and become His followers, we are asking His sanctifying Spirit to transform our minds and hearts to reflect Christ's goodness and holiness in this world.
St. Paul's words graphically illustrate being baptized into Christ's "body"-His Church on earth-by immersion in water to signify participation in His death and burial. This "death" affirms that we recognize the necessity of dying to sin; for we must be freed from and emptied of this "old life" that we may be filled with Christ's new resurrected, holy life.
This new life begins when the baptized are lifted out of their watery tomb and they inhale the life-giving breath of the Holy Spirit. If we sincerely desire to make this world a little better than it presently is, each of us should begin by knowing and loving Christ through prayer and living in obedience to His sanctifying and transforming Spirit of love and truth.
O saving Lord, Your infinite love has saved us from death and gifted us with new life. May our faithful following of Your holy word serve to draw others into Your circle of life. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS --
Tuesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time
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