Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 30, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23
Psalm 88:2-3, 4-5, 6, 7-8
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Do you want us to call down fire from Heaven to consume them? (see Luke 9:54)
Why is it that our first impulse in the face of opposition is the destruction of that which opposes us?
The answer is simple -- the fall of humanity.
When Adam and Eve chose their own way rather than God's way, they chose for us as well. When we are not focused on God, we follow too closely the example they have set out for us -- selfishness, anger, and fear.
So, our first impulse is to cast out, to abandon those who will not be obedient to their own ways. But if we turned to Jesus to ask if we have acted well, we would receive the same rebuke. (see Luke 9:54)
The good shepherd abandons the ninety-nine in the field to go and seek the wayward one who had been lost. (see Matthew 18:12) As brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ, we are called to the same ministry -- we have neither the luxury nor the right to indulge that darker, fallen side of our nature with regard to our brothers.
And giving this up is not easy. We encounter people every day whose sole aim seems to be to stomp us into oblivion. These people torment us and drive us out of our minds. There are times, I'm sure, when if it were possible, we would call down fire from Heaven. Or, at the very least, wish that their cars would fill up with spiders (of the annoying, but nonthreatening kind, of course).
But this is not for us. To overcome this very human tendency, we must lean upon the Good Shepherd, the one who knows well how to behave, and ask Him to show us the way. Next time we are tempted to blast someone, verbally or physically or even just mentally, our first recourse should be the compassion of the Blessed Mother, who will show us clearly the way of Jesus Christ. Under tutelage of our gentle mother Mary and our Good Shepherd, we will learn not to bring down fire, but to raise up souls.
- JuandelaCruz |
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Tuesday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time
Saint Jerome, priest and doctor of the Church
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