Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
February 14, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25
Psalm 138:1-2ab, 2cde-3, 7c-8
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Today's readings give us a wonderful glimpse of how we must seek the well-being of mankind by recourse to God's mercy through prayer and recourse to our neighbor by good works.
Queen Esther's king, as you might have read, is not an Israelite and is being advised to get rid of them, to slaughter them. Hearing this Esther makes a very bold move. She pleads not only to God, but also uses her influence with the king for mercy. The Sacred Texts seem to make it clear that doing both is necessary.
Though sovereign, God does not often act in a way which overpowers us, but instead respects our free will to do good or evil. That is why it is not enough to just cry out to God in prayer, we must also be a source of encouragement and instruction for others so that at the proper time, they might respond to God's urging, to do what is good.
Let us then, during these early days of Lent, reflect on our twofold calling: to be a friend of the Lord through prayer; and a positive influence to neighbor by our actions.
"Pray as if everything depended on God; act as if everything depended on you." (St. Augustine)
- Donna Nelson, OCDS |
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St. Cyril, monk
St. Methodius, bishop
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