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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 22, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Revelation 11:4-12
Psalm 144:1, 2, 9-10
Luke 20:27-40

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Why does a person ask questions?

Four year olds, for instance, are asking to make some sense of the world around them. Their quest for information is relentless and refreshing. Add ten years onto that life and teens with raging hormones sometimes ask questions of their parents out of defiance or the chance to test their love for them. "Why do I have to. . . ." is a common prelude to their questions. Later, in our attempts to understand our beliefs, we adults often ask legitimate questions and sometimes we have to live with the realization that we must rely on our faith. We just can't explain the answers.

Why were the Sadducees in today's reading posing questions to Christ? (see Luke 20:27) If we add to those, the questions of Pilate, Herod, the Pharisees, scribes, chief priests and many doubters even up to this day, we find that often they were trying to trick Jesus. One might ask whether they were afraid to be open to His love. They saw Christ as a threat to their power. If only they might have realized, that because of Christís eternal sacrificial love, they would be celebrating the feast of Christ the King this weekend.

A question we might ask ourselves this weekend is, are we open to Christ's love? Or, are we like the scribes, Sadducees and Pharisees, keeping a safe distance because of a fear of letting go of our perceived autonomy?

The choice is ours.

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS |
jmurphy (at) syracuse (dot) net

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Saturday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

St. Cecilia, virgin and martyr

Lives of the saints:

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


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