Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 19, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Deuteronomy 32:26-27ab, 27cd-28, 30, 35cd-36ab
A reflection on today's Scripture:
For God, All Things Are Possible . . . .
It is difficult for a rich man to get into heaven because he spends his life distracted from what is important. Money becomes his god and he ceases real communion with God. Not always, for Matthew, we can infer, was a wealthy man who returned to the Lord. Joseph of Arimathea is another example. But it is difficult for the wealthy man because of his distraction.
It is easier to go through a low gate on a laden camel, Jesus tells us. (The Eye of the Needle was a low gate in the Jerusalem wall.) But not impossible. And it is not impossible because it does not depend upon our effort. True, we must each of us align ourselves with God's will. We must each learn to live it and share it with all of the world. But our effort is small compared to the great effort of the Cross and resurrection. Our effort is tiny—if we are saved, if we are to enter Heaven, it is through God's work.
And perhaps it would help us to reflect on that, day by day. Salvation is God's work in which even human cooperation is given a divine assist by the Holy Spirit. Salvation isn't something we earn, nor is it something we can take, rather it is wholly a gift of love that radiates out from God Himself. We make it into Heaven, because it is God's will that all should do so. Are some lost? It is certainly possible, perhaps even probable. But God takes every opportunity, looks for every chance to go out and seek the lost and encourage them to come back to His loving embrace.
So do not despair of salvation. It is not your work. God has already accomplished it for you through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We triumph through Him, not through our own efforts, even though it is our will, our choice, to choose triumph over ashes.
- JuandelaCruz |
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Tuesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
St. John Eudes, priest
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