Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Galatians 4:22-24, 26-27, 31 to 5:1
Psalm 113:1b-2, 3-4, 5a and 6-7
A reflection on today's Scripture:
"Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation." (Luke 11:30)
Today's reading from St. Paul's letter to the Galatians, whom he had converted from Paganism, was written in defense of his own accurate teachings.
He took issue against a group of pious Jews who proclaimed their belief in Christ but at the same time upset Paul's converts by trying to incorporate some traditional Jewish practices into the new religion. For example, they insisted that circumcision was necessary for salvation.
In reply to their false teaching, Paul's allegory used Abraham's two sons, one born to a slave and the other to a free woman, as an example to show that God's people now had been freed from slavery to the old covenant and instead were called to follow the freedom offered by Christ whose law was based solely on God's love and truth. Sadly, Jewish scholars had expanded the original law to include many legalistic practices that bypassed the love and truths of God.
Jesus tells us that He did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it in the way His Father intended, to correct man's tendency to redefine and reinterpret God's word to suit their purposes. The religious hierarchy had complicated the law to the point that the ordinary, poor and uneducated Jew could not follow it. Christ reminded them that in the past God's people listened to the man Jonah and reformed their lives.
Christ also told them that they would not be given a sign directly from heaven because they had refused to accept the signs already given them through His divinely inspired miracles and words of wisdom and love. Christ warned them that their unbelieving, evil minds and hearts would on the Day of Judgment bring condemnation upon them.
O God of Compassion,
make Your word of love and truth the foundation of our lives by pouring Your Spirit upon us to teach and guide us throughout our life's journey. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
Monday, October 13, 2008
Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
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