Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 6, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 111:1-2, 7-10
A reflection on today's Scripture:
"If anyone preaches to you a gospel rather than the one you received, let that one be accursed!" (Galatians 1:9)
Today's Gospel reveals that the greatest Commandment requires that first we love God with every fiber of our being, for only then can we truly come to love our neighbors as we do ourselves. God created us in His image because He desired man to be far more than an animal governed by "survival of the fittest." He wished to give us a share in His superior, creative mentality and the ability to express toward others His perfect, selfless love needed to create a world climate of peace, joy, justice, compassion and absolute truth.
Such a world condition can develop only through our establishing an intimate relationship with our Lord through prayer during which He reveals His unconditional love for us. If we surrender to His will, His Holy Spirit will imbue us with His perfect love to overflowing so it may pour forth from us to make Christ visible in this world.
St. Paul's letter to the Galatians reflects the problems created by preachers who rely on their ignorant, sinful minds rather than God's Spirit of truth and love. In each century, Christ's message has been perverted to try softening the demands of love.
Today, Christ's teachings are being distorted through our having redefined love to be a mere personal, "feel good" emotion rather than a self-giving, sacrificial act that gives help and comfort to our fellow humans. The time has come when we realize that our human laws cannot abolish greed, dishonesty, thievery, murder or any other sin that plagues humanity; only our surrender to God's saving grace offered to us in Christ can eradicate sin and establish world peace.
O Loving Savior,
forgive us our failings and instill in us Your truth and love, the only means we have of fulfilling our hope of salvation and establishing a peaceful, just world. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
Monday, October 6, 2008
Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
St. Bruno, priest
St. Rose-Marie Durocher, virgin
Lives of the saints:
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