Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
Octomber 25, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Now that you have been freed from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit that you have leads to sanctification and its end is eternal life. (see Romans 6:21-22)
It's so unfair, I pray. Kneeing in the pew of my church with my eyes clinched tight to stop burning tears from streaming down my face. Life's unfair! I sigh, opening my eyes. Above the altar I see Christ crucified on the cross.
Yes Jesus, if anyone understood You did. All You came to do was to heal us, teach us, forgive us and love us. And they put You to death—tortured and humiliated.
Why as Christians do we identify ourselves with the image of a battered and defeated Christ hung to die on a cross? The crucifix is the distinctive and unique symbol that you will find front and center in most churches. I think that it is intended to remind Christ's followers of two distinct promises.
As we read in today's Gospel, the first promise is made apparent. The path a follower of Christ takes is not an easy one. It is rife with many kinds of agonies, hardships, humiliations and confrontations.
The second promise has to do with what comes after the crucifixion. The second promise is simply—it's worth it! The resurrection is worth it! Salvation is worth it! God's unconditionally enduring and richly abundant love is worth it!
-- Anne |
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