Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 6, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
A reflection on today's Scripture:
In today's First Reading, St. Paul lays out his credentials for being numbered among "the chosen ones."
There is no argument that Jesus first came to the Israelites through Abraham and made a covenant with them through circumcision. Then as Holy Scripture says, "in the fullness of time" God made a new covenant with them, through the Blood of Christ. Yet, we know that it was God's will that all mankind might share in the covenant and become heirs to what was proposed, first to the Israelites, the Jews.
It is in this that we see in part why all flesh is of insurmountable value; it has been ransomed by the Blood of Christ. Though it is of such value, man without God is vulnerable to all manner of corruption and evil. St. Paul says it himself, as he describes his persecution of Christians.
This warns us that though we have been given the gift of salvation, wrought for us by Jesus, we are still at risk unless we live in solidarity with all that Jesus taught. This vulnerability is not because of God, but because we sin, choosing to exercise our free will; choosing to depend on ourselves as though God's will doesn't matter.
Let us then not rely on our credentials, though valuable, but vulnerable, but instead on God Himself to save and preserve us. Of ourselves we are nothing except that God has loved us.
Look to the LORD in His strength;
seek to serve Him constantly.
(see Psalm 105:4)
- Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
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