Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 9, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 Corinthians 6:1-11
Psalm 149:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9b
A reflection on today's Scripture:
He spent the night in prayer to God. . . .
Before Jesus selected the twelve who were to accompany Him, He spent the night in prayer to God. We are not privileged to know what form that prayer took nor what passed in the course of that prayer. But let's look at Jesus as our example and assume that what we experience in prayer is what Jesus also experienced.
This means that God did not pick up a telephone and call Him, nor did He send roses, nor likely any other sign of what Jesus was to do. The prayer wasn't a plea for answers, but a way of aligning Himself with God's will, whatever that might be. When we choose as God chooses, when we put ourselves straight with God, we are setting our hearts and minds on the right path. If roses are sent or we receive a special message (which God can and does do) then we can regard it as a special consolation and confirmation. But most of the time, we aren't going to get a phone call or a special message. All we can do is resign ourselves to His will and listen intently.
Jesus chose correctly. He chose correctly because He chose as God would have Him choose. He made God's choices not through some special Earthly knowledge, but through being one with God in prayer. God will guide us to the right place. He will help us, but not in the ways we expect. When we need something, we should pray—at length, if necessary. But don't expect that the answer will suddenly pop into your head—it may not. Instead, the peace that surpasses all understanding will meet with you and hold you and keep you. You will know that you are God's child, and your will to do His will shall be strengthened. Then, whatever happens, we know that we have done all that lay in our strength to do—the rest is up to Him and He will provide.
- JuandelaCruz |
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Tuesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time
Saint Peter Claver, priest
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