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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 9, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Kings 17:1-6
Psalm 121:1-8
Matthew 5:1-12

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10)

Those who live comfortably in the ways of the world will revile those who offer to them a more selfless and loving way of life in God.

Today's readings serve to console the righteous whom God has chosen to deliver to the world His saving message. For though the world may unleash its wrath upon them, their love for God and their fellow humans offsets any abuse they may suffer.

Elijah, a powerful prophet, suffered much and endangered himself by conveying to the Israelites God's displeasure for their sins and faithless idolatry. To preserve his life, God sent Elijah to a deserted place to live in isolation where a flock of ravens daily brought him food. Christ repeatedly tells us that the sufferings of the faithful in this life will be rewarded with peace and joy in eternity.

To the worldly, Christ's Beatitudes in our gospel will seem to be foolish, for they contradict their very way of life, their working to achieve success and prominence above all else. Their means of gaining these worldly "goods" include aggression, greed, falsehood, thievery, and every attitude of mind and heart that opposes Christ's way of leading us to eternal blessedness.

The faithless of this world think only of advancing "self" in the here and now. They scoff at those who live in God's love—the humble and pure of heart, the righteous, peaceful, merciful and generous—since these are ready targets, easily used by them. Sadly, these grasping souls do not see that all the things of this world that they presently covet are all passing away, whereas God's promised gift of a blessed life to the righteous stands forever.

O Loving Father, heal the spiritually blind to see that all they amass in this life will never satisfy man's deepest hunger, and to nourish their souls with God's love and truth. Amen.

- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
email: mlbocko (at) twcny (dot) rr (dot) com

Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Ephrem, deacon and doctor of the Church

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