Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
Octomber 5, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 79:1b-2, 3-5, 8, 9
A reflection on today's Scripture:
We hear a humble and precise confession of sinfulness in today's First Reading. It is the confession of the exiled Israelites held captive in Babylon. In it we hear a confession that we too might make, one of failure to obey God and to give Him the praise that rightfully belongs to Him alone.
It is sad to hear of the plight of the chosen people, a people who were so favored by the Lord and given such extraordinary signs and experiences of Him. Now in exile, they come to their senses and are crushed by the reality of their grievous offenses.
We are not unlike the Israelites, for we too, as inheritors of the promises made to our forefathers, have knowledge of and access to the power of God. Why then do we fail to heed His voice and follow our own misguided ways?
Perhaps the best way for us to answer that question and deal with its consequences is to realize that we are marred by original sin. Because of it, our judgment is flawed and without constant obedience to the Lord and reliance on Him, we err and rely instead on ourselves. Like blind men without a guide we try to navigate the maze of our lives' circumstances. Not surprisingly, we fall into the pit!
May we then always operate from this "given" state of our fallen nature and repeatedly and consciously seek the Lord and His almighty and willing help.
"Remember not against us the iniquities of the past;
Help us, O God our Savior
Deliver us and pardon our sins" (Psalm 79:9)
- Donna Nelson, OCDS -
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