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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

Octomber 30, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Romans 8:18-25
Psalm 126:1-6
Luke 13:18-21

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and would share in the glorious freedom of the children of God! (Romans 8:21)

Today's readings affirm that God's salvation of humanity from its death in sin takes place through a gradual, painful process. Jesus likens God's kingdom to a mustard seed that, planted in the ground, must die if it is to grow to maturity, to fulfill the potential of its inner life. In dying, it provides food and shelter for all those seeking to sustain themselves in life.

Also, the spread of God's truth and love is compared by Christ to yeast growing when a small amount is added to a measure of flour and water. Without yeast it remains a lifeless lump, but if it grows and later dies in the heat of an oven, it provides nourishment for many.

If we read further, Jesus tells us that the entrance into God's kingdom is gained through a "narrow door," one that requires pain and sacrifice; for to live in God's love and truth means our dying to self-will and selfishness. Only in this way can man establish communities pervaded by God'sjustice and peace.

St. Paul affirms this when he compares the process of sanctification--our being made holy by God--to a pregnant woman painfully laboring to bring new life into this world. The child shares in the mother's pain, but once it is released from its imprisonment in sin's womb, it breathes in the wonderful freedom of God's new life, ready and anxious to participate in his heavenly Father's holiness.

Glory and praise to You, Father, Son and Spirit, who so generously offer us new life. May we open ourselves fully to receive You and to fully share Your blessing with others. Amen!

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

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