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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 3, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Philippians 2:1-4
Psalm 131:1-3
Luke 14:12-14

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory (see Philippians 2:3)

Todayís readings share a common theme, one that still applies to this day and age, although we may dislike admitting it.

While God made us equally human, we are prone to categorize and to judge the value of people according to their vocations, bank accounts, intelligence, beauty, talents, etc. Another tendency many of us share is our associating with those we consider our social equals or those we see as being a step or two above us. St. Paul offers the needed remedy for those seeking to gain in self-importance; it is the moral attribute of humility, a necessity to those claiming to be Christians, for Christ calls us to love all others as selflessly as He has loved us and so participate in His holy life.

In our Gospel today, Christ offers us the first logical step in our exercising humility. Once we have been guided to and have accepted a religious life, a secular vocation and perhaps marriage, our lives should be centered on serving those in our chosen situation. Let us realize that Godís sanctifying grace, that which makes us Christ-like, can only operate as we interact with other people. Indeed those who may place the heaviest cross upon us are actually those who can, if we allow it and accept it with love, make us the true children of God, adopted brothers and sisters to Christ. We must take to heart that God originally created us to be vessels bearing His love into this world to be shared.

Our love will never be genuinely His love unless it contains a strong element of sacrifice, putting the good of someone else above our selfish desires. God does not judge us. We actually judge ourselves at death when our souls are laid bare before God. As we come face to face with Him who is absolute truth and perfect love, we will then see whether we have enriched or impoverished those whom He has given us to love.

O loving Father,
transform us in the image of Your Holy and Living Word, that we may share with others the blessings of Your love. Amen.

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

Monday, November 3, 2008

Monday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

St. Martin de Porres, religious

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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