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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

Octomber 16, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Romans 1:16-25
Psalm 19:2-5
Luke 11:37-41

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Although you cleanse the outside of the cup . . .
inside you are filled with plunder and evil. (see Luke 11:39)

St. Paul's letter to the Romans may seem outdated, but, in fact, idolatry also flourishes in this present materialistic and self-centered age of ours.

Many have set aside the God of truth and love and in His place try to appease their hunger for a "better life" with physical comforts, fitness, beauty, pleasures, entertainments and status-enhancing possessions and activities.

Briefly, we become our own idols, worship self by indulging our every desire even to controlling and rejecting others to our greatest advantage. Having removed God from the human equation, theft, violence and promiscuity provide much grist for our judicial mill.

Also lacking God's love and wisdom, we cannot discern truth from falsehood and spend much time rationalizing acts that cheapen humanity, and cancel our dignity as beings made in God's image.

By reading further into today's Gospel we learn that idolatry extends to the genuineness of our faith in God. Many individuals have become expert in creating a public illusion of their personal piety. Like some Pharisees they perform all the outward signs of holiness but their hearts remain empty of God's love and divine righteousness.

Christ's seemingly harsh words to the Pharisees actually expressed God's purest love for them. Jesus set aside His own safety, His very life, to warn the religious leaders of their moral bankruptcy for their benefit, for that of the Israelites and by their example to the entire world.

O Blessed Lord, make Your love and truth the foundation of all our lives, and fill us with an eagerness to extend Your peace and kindness to all those whom we encounter. Amen.

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

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St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, virgin

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