Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 14, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23
Matthew 10:34 to 11:1
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth.
I have come to bring not peace but the sword. (Matthew 10:34)
Modern thinkers have become so skilled at rationalizing errant human behavior that they have virtually eliminated the concept of absolute truth along with the ability to tell right from wrong. People are no longer held accountable for their behavior but instead cite a long list of experiences that caused them to act as they did; they are seen as "victims" of psychological trauma, usually inflicted by their parents or lack of them.
There should come a time, however, when we see that all our problems are mostly self-inflicted because we are sinners living in a sinful world. Rather than pointing fingers to blame others or avenging ourselves with spiteful behavior, we should pray to Christ for our antagonists and look to Him for our own personal forgiveness and healing.
Jesus tells us the worldly will despise hearing that apart from God's love and His absolute truth we will perish emotionally, possibly physically and definitely spiritually. In today's gospel He spells out the reason for this hatred, the refusal to set "self" aside and instead to set our hearts to bringing about the general good.
A Christian's allegiance should rest wholly on God's Word; he must forsake all else, pick up his cross and walk with Jesus through every difficulty. True discipleship may cost us worldly success but it most surely will bless us with the incomparable treasure of eternal life with God.
O Father God,
let the "Light of Your Truth," Jesus Christ, guide us around the snares in life that may separate us from You. Help us inspire a fallen world to seek holiness.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS ][
email: mlbocko (at) twcny (dot) rr (dot) com
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