Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 119:41, 43, 44, 45, 47, 48
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Everything will be clean for you. . . . (Luke 11:41)
Orthodox, conscientious Jews have about 617 different laws they must observe to continue in faithfulness. Together these laws are known as Halacha and they form the foundation of Orthodox Jewish obedience to God. They include almost everything you can imagine from not eating meat and cheese on the same sandwich to the conduct of the marital relationship.
What Jesus says here is that love for one's neighbor fulfills the law and opens it up. It is no longer necessary to go through the elaborate machinery of strict observance. Instead, we have alms, prayer, and fasting. These now have replaced the myriad codes that make up the fabric of obedience to God for those who follow the Christian way. Of course, God does not revoke His covenant, and it is still possible to find a close and abiding relationship with Him through the observance of these laws. However, it is not the only way to do so--and for those of us whose lives are peppered and sometimes filled up with fast food, Jesus offers another way that does not require so much attention as to what goes into a person.
We need to focus on the interior of the vessel. If we polish the outside and allow the inside to corrode, how have we served God? If we appear to be upstanding and good to others but spend our interior lives cursing them and wishing them out of the way, where is love? Giving alms, a sharing of the material wealth God has granted each of us, is a substantive way to show love. These alms can be money, but they also can be acts of love--taking a disabled person to Mass or to doctorsí appointments, or talking for a while to one who is desperately lonely and fearful. The small acts of love are not difficult and they are powerful reminders to each party of God's intense and abiding love for us.
- JuandelaCruz |
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Callistus I, pope and martyr
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