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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 16, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Deuteronomy 26:16-19
Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8
Matthew 5:43-48

A reflection on today's Scripture:

There are many reasons why many people in our country and some other countries do not belong to a particular religious denomination.

For one, they might never have been asked to join. Another common reason given, is they are uncomfortable with the idea of so many rules and regulations. In many countries, we view autonomy, or the freedom to "do our own thing," as a key motivational force in our lives.

If one was to quickly skim over the readings for today, they might turn and say to us, "See I told you so," for both are strong and direct about following the "commands" of God as related through Moses in the First Reading and Jesus in the Gospel. They might miss two of the key phrases, the reward part of the equation.

In the first reading Moses reminds the people that God is making an agreement with them, and that "you are to be a people peculiarly His own." (Deuteronomy 26:18)

In the Gospel today, Christ adds how we are to love our enemies, "that you may be children of your heavenly Father." (Matthew 5:48)

Our following the "commands" seems a very small price for the rewards offered by God. For, in time, and through the grace of God, we might also be following the "commands" based on our love of God, not just because of the rewards being offered.

Ours is a generous and merciful God!

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS |
email: jmurphy(at)utica(dot)edu

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