Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 29, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
or Revelation 12:7-12ab
Psalm 138:1-2ab, 2cde-3, 4-5
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Here is a true Israelite . . . a man without guile. (John 1:47)
If we begin today's gospel reading with verse 43 we will get a fuller picture of two sides of human nature. The first side or story, shows how easily we are influenced by prejudices based upon other people's misconceptions, but the second side or story, proves that the love of God existing within a person's heart is of far greater importance and consequence.
Nathanael was introduced to Jesus by Philip, who though newly acquainted with our Lord, spoke from his heart with joyful excitement that he had found "Him of whom Moses and the prophets did write." Nathanael, both out of caution and prejudice said that the Messiah, "that great, good thing," could never come out of Nazareth. Philip simply told him to come see for himself how unfounded was his opinion.
Jesus took no offense at Nathanael for expressing doubt; instead He praised him for being an honest, upright man; cautious not readily accepting such a momentous claim. Our Lord also told Nathanael that He had seen him prior to Philip's introduction, that He had observed him sitting quietly under the fig tree, implying that He had observed him in prayer, as a person devoted to loving communion with God. At this moment, because Nathanael's faithful heart was open to God, he recognized Jesus; he called Him Rabbi and also discerned His Divine Nature as the Son of God and King of Israel.
In reply Jesus told him he would see far greater things. However, at the same time He took care to identify Himself with humanity as the "Son of Man;" for His "saving" mission would be initiated by His putting our sin to death in His human flesh and completed when He rose from the dead to offer us salvation by enabling us to live in His sinless resurrected life.
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, may the power of Your love in our hearts bring us forgiveness of sin and help us share Your pardon and kingdom with all we meet. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
September 29, 2008
Monday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time
Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels
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