Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
Octomber 23, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Romans 5:12, 15, 17-21
Psalm 40:7-10, 17
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Through one man's disobedience all became sinners, so through one man's obedience all shall become just. (see Romans 5:19)
Those who deal with children are familiar with the "terrible two's," a stage of development when they live by the word, "NO!" It is an exasperating time for the parents and a potentially dangerous time for a child who does not see the possible pain and suffering his disobedience could cause him. Sadly, many adults never outgrow this stage and remain unseeing and uncaring of the consequences of their behavior to themselves and others.
St. Paul reminds his flock that Adam and Eve's disobedience initiated man's fall into sin; when they countered God's instruction, they usurped His position and became their own "little gods."
In contrast, Paul cites Christ's obedience to His Father's law of love. At great cost, His pain and death, He won for sinful man the option of being cleansed of sin and made righteous through their dying with Him to the inordinate demands of their flesh and instead living in God's will, in His good Spirit. This world's turmoil is caused by man's "NO" to our heavenly Father's gift of new life in Christ.
In today's Gospel, Jesus emphasizes the need for constant vigilance, remaining faithful to God's Word in our every thought and deed. This is the greatest service we can render to God, and it is our only protection against Satan, the thief of human souls.
Upon Christ's second coming, He will reciprocate the faithful by serving them at the heavenly banquet where every human soul's longing for God will be satisfied, since in Him alone is our peace and joy.
O almighty and ever-living God, inspire us with the strength and joy of serving You as followers of Christ, making Your goodness and love known to all whom we meet. Amen
- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
The Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
St. John of Capistrano, priest and religious
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