Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 21, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Micah 6:1-4, 6-8
Psalm 50:5-6, 8-9, 16-17, 21, 23
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Just as Jonah was in the belly of a whale three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. (see Matthew 12:40)
Our reading from Micah speaks of God saving the Israelites from slavery. Their release was twofold; first it released them from bondage in Egypt and then freed them from themselves by exhorting them to live in the righteousness of God.
Although more than 2000 years have passed since Christ offered man the means to true peace, we remain blind to what draws this world into endless conflicts: our enslavement to sins—pride, selfishness, envy, greed, anger, infidelity to promises and unforgiving hearts.
Stupidly, we reject God's Word because we see it eliminating our freedom to lie, steal, kill, covet, commit adultery, malign one another and avenge ourselves on our enemies. In such an atmosphere of moral freedom, we'll never run out of reasons to hate and kill each other.
Christ, in today's Gospel, is faced with religious leaders who constantly challenge His having come from God, this time by telling Him to produce a sign from heaven to convince them of His identity.
Jesus reminds them that in the past, Israel had accepted the wisdom of Solomon and reformed their behavior upon hearing Jonah's admonitions; yet they reject Him Who has done much to prove Himself to be God's living Word through His teachings and miracles.
Jesus tells them that their unfaithful generation will be condemned for their disbelief and their presuming to command a sign from God. Only the sign of Jonah will be given—His resurrection—showing His control over life and death.
O gracious Father,
fill us with Your gifts of faith, hope and love to keep us in Christ, that by our living in Him here, we may one day also share His life in eternity. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS ][
email: mlbocko (at) twcny (dot) rr (dot) com
Monday, July 21, 2008
Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Lawrence of Brindisi, priest, religious and doctor of the Church
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