Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
2 Timothy 4:10-17b
Psalm 145:10-11, 12-13, 17-18
A reflection on today's Scripture:
It is easy to think about the lives of the apostles and disciples of Christ as a beautiful drama. We see many pictures of Christ preaching to His followers as they look in awe at His beautiful face. It can remind us of being on a perpetual retreat. What more could one want!
The readings for today bring us back to reality. St. Paul shares with us how many of his followers deserted him and no one was around to help him for his first defense. (2 Timothy 4:16) He was sustained only by his faith. Does that sound familiar . . . like our own lives, sometimes? Also at times we might think that everything just flowed along smoothly, because Christ was guiding those whom He had appointed. The gospel of today lets us know otherwise. (Luke 10:3) Christ gave the disciples very specific directions on how they were to lead their lives as they moved out to evangelize.
Being a Christian is not always easy; in fact, it is often not easy! It takes careful preparation about the specifics of our everyday lives, built on a strong foundation of faith. Even then it is difficult, but it is all worth it! Christ has assured us of that fact. Look at the life of Christ. Why should we think that ours should be easy?
- Joan of Jesus, OCDS |
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Saturday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
Saint Luke, evangelist
Lives of the saints:
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