Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
December 13, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11
Psalm 80:2ac and 3b, 15-16, 18-19
Matthew 17:9a, 10-13
A reflection on today's Scripture:
So will the Son of Man suffer at their hands. (Matthew 17:13)
The theme of today's readings is "reconciliation," restoring a friendship, settling a dispute or coming to an understanding of another's viewpoint.
This theme actually underlies all of Scripture which gives us a universal and unchanging standard for establishing a loving relationship with God and our fellow humans. Such was the difficult task of God's prophets, such as Elijah, who were called to point out people's sins and restore their obedience to God's law.
John the Baptist was sent to prepare His people to receive Christ by revealing their sins and need for repentance in the hope of opening their hearts to receive the Messiah. For now God, in His compassion and mercy, had sent them His Living Word to deliver the Israelites from spiritual death and offer them new life in obedience to His love and truth as seen in Christ's human flesh.
Our gospel reveals how selfishness, self-will and refusal to change render man blind to his being mired in sin. Only those with more humble and receptive hearts recognize their need for improvement. History loudly proclaims that generally humanity rebels against anything that interferes with their "wants."
Public hostility toward moral reforms and reformers usually springs from people who are aware that their own behavior is anomalous and harmful to societal order, but selfish pride places God's truth beyond their range of vision.
Those claiming to be Christian must not be silenced by their fear of censure, for neglecting to defend the truth (in a loving and gently persuasive manner) makes them equally guilty of sin by appearing to support harmful, immoral behavior.
O God of love and truth,
keep us ever faithful to Your Holy Word
and so help us to build a society
that brings the greatest good to the largest number.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Saturday of the Second Week of Advent
St. Lucy, virgin and martyr
Lives of the saints:
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