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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 6, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Romans 12:5-16ab
Psalm 131:1bcde, 2, 3
Luke 14:15-24

A reflection on today's Scripture:

None of those who were invited will taste my dinner.(see Luke 14:24)

Paul's letter to the Romans compares believers in Christ to the different members of His holy body in this world, His Church. He is its head, the One who guides, teaches and empowers them to live in God's love and truth, that together they may show humanity how it can live united in mind and heart, in peace and joy.

Each member contributes his unique talents to assuring the health and strength of Christ's Church. Paul exhorts them to conquer sin through His grace and to work diligently to practice living in God's virtues, His loving traits. Only in this manner can evil ever be defeated on this earth.

Jesus' parable defines God's universal call to man. He begins by inviting to His heavenly banquet, those who outwardly appear enlightened and faithful to Him. But each, in turn, refused the invitation by citing some worldly concern, relatively trivial matters they saw of more importance than God's call.

Their loss, however, was gain for those whom the world sees as outcasts, the poor, crippled, blind and defective. It is such as these in dire need, who hunger for acceptance and loving care, who value most God's invitation. In contrast, the perfect and privileged felt comfortable, self-made and self-satisfied, too immersed in worldly concerns to honor God Who is the source of all the "good" they enjoy.

O Blessed Redeemer, keep us ever mindful that blessed are the poor in spirit, (the humble) for theirs is the kingdom of God. Amen

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

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