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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

September 1, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Psalm 119:97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102
Luke 4:16-30

A reflection on today's Scripture:

He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind. (Luke 4:18)

Today's gospel reminds me of a young woman who said she rejected any religion that says we are sinners. She had fallen victim to a TV preacher who dwelt on "feeling good" about ourselves, that we needn't fear, for God's love cancels all our misdeeds. This partial truth reduces Christ's death for our sins to mere theatrics used to frighten us into obeying certain "debatable" moral precepts. This obstinate rejection of conventional morality is growing rapidly today, resulting in the loss of reverence for human life and the deterioration of "family."

What we should be hearing from our pulpits is that conventional morality is actually inherent in God's love, that He created humans to be vessels filled with His love so that we may love one another genuinely as He loves us. The world's situation should awaken us to see how human behavior, devoid of God's love, has resulted in greed, selfishness, violence, etc., all that creates havoc within and between nations.

The major theme of Jesus' teachings calls us to die with Him to our sins, and through faith in Him, shown by our obedience to God's Word, begin now in this world to live in Christ's new resurrected life. This life is one of holiness, purity of intentions and self-giving love. If we recognize and repent of our sins, we are cleansed and our hearts opened to every grace that enables us to live together in the love, truth and peace of God. Christ and His Spirit are ever at hand to strengthen and guide us through this renewal of our minds and hearts, but our choices can either "make us" or "break us."

O Redeemer God, teach us that nothing is good that counters Your will, that all of true and lasting value comes to us from Your hands. Help us grow in obedient wisdom. Amen.

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

Monday, September 1, 2008

Monday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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