Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 17, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Revelation 1:1-4, 2:1-5
Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Yet I hold this against you: you have lost the love you had at first. (Revelation 2:4)
Today's readings again stress the importance of faith; for a prayer offered with unwavering belief in God's love becomes a conduit directing His attention and power toward its object. In St. John's "The Book of Revelation," we read his praises for the early church in Ephesus for its heartfelt zeal, labor, endurance and suffering. However, he warns them that they have fallen away from their love for God and one another which originally impelled their good prayers and works.
John beseeches them to restore their intimacy with and love for God, since works done out of habit or appearances are empty and sterile, unable to touch people's hearts and draw them to God. In essence, they had become worthless servants whose work ceased to fulfill their Master's wish to create a community united in love to live fruitfully and at peace.
In contrast, our gospel reading presents us with a blind man who upon hearing of Christ's presence began crying out to Jesus to restore his sight. The people around him tried to silence his loud pleas, but he persisted until Jesus asked them to bring him forth. Note that Christ heard the man's wish yet pointedly asked him to repeat it.
Jesus' hesitation was perhaps done to test the man, to allow him to realize how radically his life would change once he became totally self-dependent. Satisfied that the man possessed the faith and will needed to start a new life, Christ restored his sight.
O Living God,
source of all good, help us yield our hearts to You to be filled with Your love. Make us always seek that which brings blessings to others as well as ourselves.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Monday, November 17, 2008
Monday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time
St. Elizabeth of Hungary, religious
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