Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 15, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 Corinthians 11:17-26, 33
Psalm 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 17
John 19:25-27 or Luke 2:33-35
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Whoever eats the bread and drinks the cup unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. (see 1 Corinthians 11:27)
In recent years I've attended numerous Catholic Masses, usually weddings or funerals, when everyone regardless of their religious beliefs or unbelief, and with no prior instruction by the priest, was invited to receive the Eucharist. No doubt this was done in a spirit of brotherhood or ecumenism and to assert that God's sacrificial saving love is universal. What was being overlooked was the Catholic belief in Christ's "Real Presence" in the elements of bread and wine, that He is totally there in body, blood, soul and Divinity.
Communion is not an empty ritual; it is Christ portraying His death and resurrection, and His inviting us to join Him in dying to sin and being raised with Him to a new life that is devoted to living in God's truth and love. Our participation in this Sacrament should be done reverently and in joyful thanks to our Lord for having saved us from spiritual death.
Those who receive Communion in ignorance or unbelief in its true meaning, along with those living in serious sin that is not repented and therefore not forgiven, have actually excluded themselves from the graces received by the faithful from the Eucharist.
Christ should be revered for offering us a gem of infinite value, His very life. Our acceptance of it should bespeak our sincere faith in His love and saving power and our resolve to make every effort to participate in His holy life. Anything less than this total giving of ourselves to Christ will not serve to lift our human souls to Him but will serve to debase, in the uninformed public's eyes, the value of this most precious of Sacraments.
O merciful God,
help us to fully acknowledge the mystery of the cross that we may, through obedience to Your Holy Word, receive Your gift of redemption in heaven.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
email: mlbocko (at) twcny (dot) rr (dot) com
Monday, September 15, 2008
Monday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Our Lady of Sorrows
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