Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 10, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 24:1b-2, 3-4ab, 5-6
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Better for him if a millstone were tied to his neck and be thrown into the sea, than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. (Luke 17:2)
Today's Gospel speaks of the dire consequences awaiting those who tempt and contribute to the sin of others. "Little ones" refers not only to children but to those whose humility has made them small in their own eyes and who have seen their need for guidance and help from God. Those who see others being tempted must uphold the truth and rebuke errors, not to assert superiority, but to perform a work of love. The answer to Cain's question applies to all of us, "Yes, we are our brother's keepers."
Still, our world abounds in people promoting sexual promiscuity, abortion, divorce, greed and outright lies, while those speaking out against such practices are silenced by the media who accuses them of forcing their religion on others. A word is never said about the family's destruction causing today's chaos within the secular world. Too often those speaking out allow themselves to be intimidated into silence by being labeled "enemies of freedom." The fact is that the more we separate ourselves from Christ's moral precepts, the more deeply we will sink into a "life-stifling" mire of selfishness and lovelessness.
Our civilization has adopted savagery by labeling what is actually good common sense to be religious coercion. Those of us who believe that we were created by God to share in His love cannot help but agree with Christ's moral teachings. However, those who choose to think of themselves as mere accidents of nature have left themselves only the option enjoyed by the rest of the animal kingdom, "survival of the fittest," which means doing the will of the most aggressive, power seeking, vicious and noisy ones among us.
O Precious Redeemer,
give us Your selfless, sacrificial courage to speak Your truth in an attitude of sincere love so we may share with others Your words of salvation. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
Monday, November 10, 2008
Monday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
St. Leo the Great, pope and doctor of the Church
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