Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
February 25, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
2 Kings 5:1-15
Psalm 42:2-3; 43:3-4
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place. (Luke 4:24)
Today's readings contrast the Israelites' rejection of Christ's identity as their awaited Messiah with foreigners who received Him and the hope He gave them for a better life. The Jews could not get past the fact that Jesus was a carpenter and the son of a carpenter; they thought His words and actions were means of inflating His importance and usurping their authority over the people.
Also, as God's chosen people, the religious leaders believed there was no room for improvement in their Faith, that any change would also upset their uneasy relationship with the Roman occupation forces. They were comfortable with their system of man-made religious laws, failing to see that their ignorance of the true God had led them to create some laws that were contrary to God's most basic law, that of love.
Scripture associates Israel's sufferings and defeats with its failure to practice God's Holy Word. God's ways do not change, and this should lead us to take stock of world conditions, the daily accounts of violence, greed, lying dishonesty and injustices that fill our public media. We are drunk with our scientific, technical and medical advancements and blind to our moral deficiencies, our divorce from God's love and truth.
Laws were God's invention, His giving man the means for creating a peaceful, just world. Here in America, we are now trashing God through a false interpretation of our Constitution we conveniently call "the separation of church and state." Our country's Fathers wanted to assure us the right to worship freely, not eliminate God from the public sector as we are now doing.
O Father of peace, enlighten our minds and hearts to see that apart from You we cannot achieve the true joy and peace, the new life Christ has given us unless we put to death, our old life of sin—self-indulgence. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
February 25, 2008
Monday of the Third Week in Lent
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