Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 20, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 100:1b-2, 3, 4ab, 4c-5
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Guard against greed, for though one may be rich, one's life does not consist of possessions. (see Luke 12:15)
Our readings from St. Paul's letter to the Ephesians and Christ's parable create a stark contrast between those deeply concerned with God and those whose all-consuming desire is for worldly gains. St. Paul speaks of the immeasurable treasure offered us not only for eternal life with God but also for the graces needed for us to establish a just and peaceful world.
In today's Gospel, Christ responds with a parable to a man who asks Him to settle a dispute with his brother over an inheritance. Jesus describes for him the emptiness of seeking material gain that can easily be lost in contrast with the imperishable gift of the eternal spiritual blessings given to those who fulfill their life's purpose which is to live in God's truth and love being revealed by Him.
Christ came to offer us true freedom. Many do not realize that they are enslaved to "self" by trying to achieve earthly success through amassing money, power and property, all the things that win the world's admiration. Meanwhile, in their single-mindedness, they are cheating themselves of God's offer of a new life, one that can never be lost nor perish.
Jesus raises His followers from their spiritual death in sin to share in His holy, resurrected life. God, our Creator, made us to fulfill the specific purpose of accepting His love and bearing it into this world to others, so that together we can live blessed lives beginning in the "here and now." The worldly-minded not only deny themselves God's true treasure, but in their self-seeking they cloud God's presence in the world by spawning suffering, anger and even ruin to the victims of their greed.
O Blessed Redeemer,
search the depths of our beings to reveal and heal our blindness to all that brings harm to others as well as us. Renew us in Your true Life. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
Monday, October 20, 2008
Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Paul of the Cross, priest
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