Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 22, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6
A reflection on today's Scripture:
St. Paul's revelation to the gentiles that they are coheirs, "members of the same Body" (see Ephesians 3:6), was new and gave great hope to them. This meant that the faith was not confined to a certain culture or people; that through Jesus Christ, God embraces all of humanity. We witness this even in the Catholic faith. Under the same faith, the same beliefs, all are led by the Pope who is the successor of St. Peter. The Roman Catholics, the Ukrainian Catholics, the Byzantine Catholics, those of the Chaldean Rite and many other rites, who faithfully follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, are united under the Pope but celebrate in different ways, culturally.
In today's Gospel, Jesus is telling us to be vigilant because we do not know the hour when our Lord will come. One way to be vigilant is to embrace the cultural differences as Jesus Christ did and as He revealed to the Church from the very beginning. To do this we are called to obey the commandments that Jesus gave us in Matthew 22:37-40:
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the First Commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
By doing this we open ourselves to each other and enable our neighbors to teach us something about themselves, us and ultimately, about God.
- Danielle |
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
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