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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 30, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Amos 2:6-10, 13-16
Psalm 50:16-23
Matthew 8:18-22

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Follow me, let the dead bury the dead. (Matthew 8:22)

Christ's above statement seems troubling because it suggests that His followers should neglect their duty to respect and love their parents by attending to their proper burial.

Scripture commentaries tell us that Jesus used this rather strange exaggeration to strongly emphasize the demands of discipleship. Jesus tells His would-be followers that they, like Him, should be totally given to God, that nothing is to distract them from their commitment to reveal God's saving plan to the world. Though situations will arise that will place other demands upon His disciples, they should resist; for inevitably one situation will be followed by a series of others, and their promise to follow Christ will be broken. If such were to be the case, Christ's mission would end with His death.

Although every Christian is called to discipleship, each is called to live and serve God within the scope of his unique talents and abilities. In the context of today's other readings which emphasize the human need to turn away from sin in order to be saved from spiritual destruction, we see that Jesus is referring to those followers chosen by Him to faithfully perpetuate His presence and His teachings in this world after His death. Theirs cannot be a vacillating relationship with Him; they must be filled with His life, for they have been chosen and asked to bring Christ's love and truth into this world. It may well be that the "dead" he was referring to are those who will reject Christ's invitation and be left behind, spiritually dead to bury their dead.

Jesus tells us not to worry about worldly concerns: "Your heavenly Father knows all that you need. First seek His kingship over you, His way of holiness, and all these things will be given you besides." God rewards our sacrificial self-giving by providing for those whom we love.

O gracious Lord, deepen our prayers to You. Increase our knowledge of and loving trust in You, that we may fearlessly respond to Your call, however difficult it may seem. Amen.

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

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