Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
Octomber 8, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Jonah 1:1-2:1-2, 11
Jonah 2:3, 4, 5, 8
A reflection on today's Scripture:
We have two examples of mercy in our Scripture for today: Jonah being spit out of the mouth of the whale, and the actions of the Good Samaritan with the caring of the victim of a robbery. (Jonah 2:1, 11 and Luke 10:29ff)
The first accounting, about Jonah, depicts God acting directly through nature, but the second evolves on a higher level, so to speak, to show that God expects us to do with others as He has done with us.
Many of us can identify with Jonah in the first reading. God asked him to do something and he ran the other way! We can be thankful that when God calls us, He persists with that call and often saves us from dooming ourselves. Once He gets us set squarely on our two feet, He hopes that we will work with Him in building up the kingdom.
Today let us reflect on two aspects of these readings:
First, are we showing mercy toward others as God has done for us?
Secondly, are we using our free will to work with God in building His kingdom?
Or, are we like Jonah at the beginning of his encounter, still running away?
- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
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