Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
May 26, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 Peter 1:3-9
Psalm 111:1-2, 5-6, 9 and 10c
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Blessed be God who in His great mercy gave us new birth through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. (see 1 Peter 1:3)
Today's reading in St. Peter's letter reminded me of a Bible study session which led to a discussion on suffering. A young woman attending her first meeting became upset with the idea that God may, at times, permit suffering for our good. Despite all explanations, she could not reconcile that a God Who is Love permitted pain. She also rejected the thought that since human misery is mainly caused by sin, if God did not allow us to suffer the consequences of our wrongs, we would have no reason to change, nor could we develop a conscience or feel mercy and compassion toward our fellow humans.
St. Peter describes the treasure God offers us in Christ: the ability to conquer sin so that we may live at peace with one another now and in joy with God throughout eternity. He tells us this is our inheritance, a birth to new life, imperishable and undefiled. But with this guarantee we will need to pay a price to "self." We must die to sin with Christ, but if we do, the world will despise us for revealing its sin. It will subject the righteous to many trials, misunderstand, rebuke and revile them. However, the faith of those who endure these sufferings will be as gold that has been purified by fire and of great value.
The gospel incident between Christ and the rich young man demonstrates another possible impediment for those who wish to follow Jesus. They may fear losing their identity, their comforts, social status and power. Though drawn by Christ's teaching on salvation and eternal life, the young man closed his mind to the life Jesus offered him which required him to relinquish all his luxuries and self-importance.
O Blessed Spirit, guide our minds and hearts to live in union with Christ, in His humility and self-giving love, that we may one day enter into Your heavenly home. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
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