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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 27, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Ephesians 4:32--5:8
Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6
Luke 13:10-17

A reflection on today's Scripture:

His adversaries were humiliated; and the whole crowd rejoiced at all the splendid deeds done by Him. (see Luke 13:17)

In Acts, chapter 19, St. Paul reveals that his evangelization of the Pagan Ephesians encountered some difficulties. On one occasion the city was thrown into turmoil by the silversmiths rioting because the "new" God infringed on their business of making miniature shrines to the city's goddess, Artemis.

In today's reading Paul adopts a tone of urgency, entreating the converts to cease their immoral, impure, obscene and idolatrous behavior or they will deny themselves entrance into Christ's kingdom. Their long-standing paganism made them difficult pupils, resistant to worshiping a god who required a morality that called for restraint and self-denial.

The major problem faced by Jesus was different and more dangerous, for His adversaries were the self-important, self-appointed religious experts. Their scholars had rewritten and expanded the basic Commandments into a complex system of laws governing every aspect of people's lives. One basic law commanded that the Sabbath was to be kept holy by forbidding any work, even limiting the distance walked on that day, leaving some unable to attend synagogue. Jesus enraged the religious hierarchy by continuing to heal on the sabbath because they failed to see that God never suspends His compassion, a virtue inherent in His very nature and essence. What they were demanding of Christ was impossible, since He Who is God's Son cannot cease expressing His Father's love even on the sabbath. Jesus showed them that their interpretation of the law treated their livestock more kindly than their fellow humans.

O God and Father of our Lord,
we thank You with our whole minds and hearts, as all power for good originates in You and is ever being poured out upon us in need.

- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
email: mlbocko@twcny.rr.com

Monday, October 27, 2008

Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

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