Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 22, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Take Care How You Hear (see Luke 8:18)
In today's Gospel, Jesus tells the Apostles that His words are God's Word intended to be the "light of the world."
By walking in God's "light" man will be enabled to live in a truly moral and civilized manner. Therefore those who believe in God's Word are called upon to sow its truths by their living in them and so planting them in the hearts and minds of others. The hope is that their hearers and observers will abandon sin and be drawn to live in God's light that consists of His love and truth.
Jesus tells His disciples to take every opportunity to spread God's saving words, to faithfully relate to others what He has revealed to them, those truths that had been hidden from man until now, with the coming of their Messiah. The more generously His disciples respond to sharing His word, the more perfect will be their understanding of and their loving faith in God. Their neglect of this will result in their becoming spiritually barren.
Jesus cautioned His Apostles to"take care how you hear," for if they accurately deliver His message, the world will ridicule and persecute them for revealing its sins and need for salvation. Some will pervert God's words to suit their own convenience, but they must be alert to correct these errors. They will be able to do this only if they grow in intimacy with God through prayer.
It is in the silence and peace of prayer that God communes with us, and shines His light brightly within our minds and hearts to reveal those truths, based upon love that can lead humanity to participate in His blessed, holy life.
O Father God,
guide us through Your Holy Word, Jesus Christ, that we may increasingly learn and practice Your law of love and so share with others the means to eternal life.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
Monday, September 22, 2008
Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
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