Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
February 4, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
2 Samuel 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13
Psalm 3:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Announce to them all, what the Lord in his pity has done. (see: Mark 5:20)
God, the most perfect of parents, forgives and restores to His friendship, sinners who repent and work to reform their lives. However, He also allows them to suffer the consequences of their selfish actions along with their innocent victims in hopes they will develop a keener, more compassionate conscience. Such was King David's experience after lust caused him to plan Uriah's death to marry his wife. We see him in fear, fleeing his palace, losing his kingship to Absalom, his betraying son.
Today we say: "What goes around, comes around." This will always be so, as long as man chooses sin over virtues requiring self-denial. It is we who empower Satan whenever we consent to sin.
Today's Gospel reading illustrates God's infinite saving power, His total defeat of evil. Jesus, traveling through pagan territory encounters a violent, self-destructive demoniac possessed by a "legion" of evil spirits. Christ never forces His will on anyone, but when the man prostrated himself before Him, Jesus commanded the spirits to leave him. The spirits, comfortable in pagan territory, begged not to be banished from the area, so Jesus allowed them to enter the nearby large herds of swine who then rushed madly into the sea to drown. Seeing the madman suddenly restored to his senses and their great loss of livestock, the natives, in fear, begged Jesus to leave them. However, His saving power remained with them. Jesus left behind the healed man to tell the wonder done for him by the One True God.
O Blessed Redeemer, direct each effort of our lives to making known to others the truths of salvation and the glory awaiting those who faithfully live in Your loving Word. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
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