Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
June 2, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
2 Peter 1:2-7
Psalm 91:1-2, 14-16
A reflection on today's Scripture:
The stone that the builders rejected became the cornerstone. (Mark 12:10)
Today's reading from St. Peter's letter speaks of a topic often neglected in homilies: that God offers us both the desire and the divine power to grow in our devotion to Him. This devotion will come naturally to us, if we draw close to God in prayer.
As we gain a deeper knowledge of Him and see His great love for us as individuals, we also will come to realize that He wishes to be more intimately united to us by our first seeking forgiveness for our sins toward Him and others, and second, by our forgiving others for the hurt their sins have inflicted upon us. To be united to God we need to develop purity of heart by abandoning our sinful ways and instead participating in His divine nature by our obedience to Christ's words through the enlightenment and power of His Holy Spirit.
In today's gospel Christ directs a parable at those religious leaders who had no loving intimacy with or genuine devotion toward God. Their worship consisted of obedience to laws based on sacrifices and punishments, at times conflicting with God's law of love. Jesus predicted that such religious leaders would jealously guard their authority and privileged lifestyle to the point of killing anyone who threatened their possession of "God's vineyard."
Jesus also foretells an end to its presently unfaithful, unproductive tenants and the actual destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple that eventually took place by the Romans in 70AD. Christ Himself would then become the "cornerstone" upon which a new vineyard would be built and leased to the Gentiles who would produce much fruit for its owner.
O Blessed Redeemer, keep within us the vigor of Your Spirit, that we may truly discern Your will and receive the grace of faithfully following You, God's blessed Word. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
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