Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
April 28, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 149:1-6, 9
John 15:26 to 16:4
A reflection on today's Scripture:
When the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth comes, He will testify to Me. (see: John 15:26)
For nearly 2,000 years Christ and His message have suffered denials, distortions and inaccuracies because of man's sin, his tendency to interpret the Gospel in ways that suit human convenience and the prevailing social climate. Fear ruled the Church during my childhood. Since homilies often dwelled on God's wrath, the sacrament of Confession was, for many people, a weekly ritual and missing Sunday Mass was considered a mortal sin.
Following World War Two's social and moral upheaval, some churchmen wrongly concluded that our rigid rules were leading some to "fall away." Suddenly, theologians rediscovered love in Christ's teachings and redefined it as freedom of conscience. God was no longer a moral taskmaster but an indulgent, forgiving Father, for in Christ He had shown us His boundless, unconditional love.
Working with this partial truth in mind, a climate of laxness appeared and grew in our Faith. Vatican II was wrongly interpreted as favoring this relaxation rather than it actually having reinforced the following of Catholic teachings out of love for God and one another. Its Documents stressed our living holy lives through the graces the Holy Spirit is ever pouring out upon us.
Christianity's bottom line is our relating to one another in perfect love and truth, surely a worthy way of living. World conditions prove that humanity, acting on its own, has failed in this miserably. Yet, in a nation that touts "freedom of speech," we dare not mention in our schools God Who historically and sacrificially came to us to enable our living in love and truth, if only we would admit our need to learn and follow His greater wisdom.
O Redeemer God, help us to live in a manner that reflects Your goodness, that others may see and desire the peace, love and joy that You wish to share with this world. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
email: mlbocko (at) twcny (dot) rr (dot) com
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