Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
Octomber 2, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Matthew 18:1-5, 10
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. (see Matthew 18:3)
Although today's Gospel ends with verse 5, a fuller meaning of Christ's words are revealed in subsequent verses. Christ's reference to children actually applies to all those who remain innocent of this world's sinful ways, who hear and obey God's Word as does a good child who trusts in his parents and lovingly accepts their greater wisdom.
In later verses Jesus reveals that such individuals are in danger, for the "worldly" vehemently resent all who contradict their views and behavior, discredit their beliefs and character and tempt them to sin. But Christ reassures us that Guardian Angels are ever praying before God for the protection of these "little ones."
For nearly two thousand years, God's Word is still being maligned by those who claim that religion curtails human freedom by imposing questionable moral standards upon us.
Such is the immoral perversity of those who refuse to acknowledge that there exists a wisdom far greater than theirs, and that divine wisdom seeks only to protect all people from practices that devalue human life and demolish healthy societal structures such as marriage and the family.
In consequence, we are now "free" to divorce, cohabitate, fornicate, abort, euthanize and create and destroy human life for research. Today's worship of "self" reduces man to mere savage beasts who allow only their most devious and powerful to survive.
O Father God, through Your saints imbued by Your Spirit, reflect the peace and joy of living in Your kingdom, that they may inspire others to participate in Your holy life. Amen.
— Marie Bocko, OCDS --
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