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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

Octomber 9, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Jonah 3:1-10
Psalm 130:1-4, 7-8
Luke 10:38-42

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Mary had chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her. (Luke 10:42)

Jonah's incredible journey was yet another step toward preparing Israel to receive Christ's universal message of repentance and forgiveness of human sin. This reluctant prophet lived in a post-exile era when their nation was being rebuilt in an atmosphere of hatred toward the hostile Gentile nations surrounding them.

Jonah rebelled at God's order to preach His repentance and forgiveness to the Gentile city of Nineveh. He failed to see that the Israelites must not only forgive their enemies, but also reveal their God of love and peace to the whole world. The sins of anger and unforgiveness will only spawn future violence.

Today's Gospel reveals that those sincerely seeking to serve God must first undergo a period of preparation, a time when, unlike Jonah, their hearts are imbued with the loving will of God. Practical-minded Martha received their visitors by immediately preparing and serving them food.

Mary's more contemplative nature led her to sit at Jesus' feet to listen quietly to discern their needs before launching into work. The above quotation should not be seen as a criticism of Martha nor ingratitude for her care.

Jesus is telling us that those dedicated to truly serving God should begin by hearing and obeying His wishes. Too often we act precipitously, devise projects that busy us to the point of actually shutting God out and becoming mere employees serving Him out of duty rather than out of love.

Redeemer God, draw us to Yourself, fill us with the desire to know You more deeply, that we may discern Your will for us and act in ways most pleasing to You. Amen.

- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
email: mlbocko(at)earthlink(dot)net

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