Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
June 1, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Deueronomy 11:18, 26-28, 32
Psalm 31:2-3, 3-4, 17, 25
Romans 3:21-25, 28
A reflection on today's Scripture:
In the recent earthquakes in China, thousands of school children were trapped beneath the rubble. Most of them died there. The cry of complaint went up all over China, "Why did the schools collapse?" The obvious answer was to be found in cheap materials and shoddy construction. In all likelihood, they lacked solid foundations.
Jesus tells us in today's Gospel that people who build their houses on sand will risk disaster when the winds and the rain and the floods come. In other words, we need a rock-solid foundation for what we believe (faith), if the houses of our good works are to be acceptable for salvation on the Day of Judgment.
Faith is much more than passive assent to the teachings of Jesus. It is above all a deeply-felt conviction that in accepting them, we believe they are truths to live by, forming the foundation for all of our judgments, our decisions, and our words. In our Second Reading, St. Paul insists that faith is necessary for "righteousness" (not self-righteousness).
The righteous man or woman seeks only to follow God's Will in everything. If our boss tells us in the morning what he wants done, and tells us the steps he wants us to follow in accomplishing the task, we certainly are not going to do something quite the opposite from his orders. We're not even going to change the methods of doing what he ordered done. If we didn't really listen in the first place, or just ignored what he said, then we might find ourselves looking for a new employer.
As Moses told the people in today's First Reading, "I set before you here, this day, a blessing and a curse: a blessing for those who obey the Lord, your God . . . and a curse for those who do not obey the Lord, your God. . . ." It sounds so simple, but people forget!
There's an old saying, "Out of sight, out of mind." Moses gave the Israelites very practical advice for remembering God's commandments: "Take these words of mine into your heart and soul. Bind them at your wrist as a sign, and let them be a pendent on your forehead." The chosen people must have found it very difficult to ignore something that was swinging a few inches from their noses! For us Christians, we hear the word of God whenever we attend Mass, whenever we read Scripture and meditate prayerfully on its message.
The story is told of Albert Einstein that, when asked for his train ticket by the conductor, he was unable to find it. The conductor, recognizing the great man, said to him, "It's all right. I know who you are." Einstein replied with some agitation: "I know who I am, too. I just don't know where I'm going."
In our journey through life, it's not enough for us to know who we are; we also have to know where we're going. With that goal firmly in mind, it's the height of wisdom to keep God's commandments always just a few inches from our noses! From there, we can breathe them into our hearts.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore |
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