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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 10, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Galatians 3:7-14
Psalm 111:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6
Luke 11:15-26

A reflection on today's Scripture:

We hear complaints about people who do good, although their sins appear to be never-ending.

We know if a person is saying one thing, but doing another, that is hypocrisy. Saying and doing in harmony is a gracious expression of faith and charity. One’s accompanying sins are just that: sins; but are they not hypocrisy?

Members of the crowd tried to pin blame on Jesus by accusing Him of doing good because He is evil! Jesus answered wisely, as would be expected, and calmly asked first, "If Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand?" And second, "How do you have the power to drive out demons?" Third, He said "If it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you."

He led the crowd to a decision point: are you against Me, or are you with Me? This question can lead our thoughts to the passion of Jesus, crowds in ecstasy, crowds in rage, and crowds scattered and in fear. It would seem as if the kingdom of Satan triumphed.

"Of course not!" the believer says. "It only seems like it." Of course, it helps to be observing this from afar, not having to deal with the reality of being in the crowd and making a choice.

Jesus made the choice, to be lifted up, the victor over Satan and Satan's fruits: darkness, death and sin. Light, life, and everlasting love are the hallmarks of the Kingdom of God.

While each one of us is a sinner, we are also called and chosen to be disciples of the Lord. We can be instruments of grace, casting out, in a fashion, the effects of darkness, death and sin, because we can be light and salt, seed sown and leaven. We do so with a weakness, the weakness of our sins, that gives witness to God's magnificence to make us worthy instruments. This is our siding with the Kingdom of God.

- Rev. Stephen H. Gratto |
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Friday, October 10, 2008

Friday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

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