Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
May 11 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 115:1-2, 3-4, 15-16
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Whoever has my commandments AND observes them. . . . (see John 14:21)
It is not enough to know the truth, we must live it. It is not sufficient to know what Jesus taught, nor even why He taught it, nor even what He was saying to the people of His time as opposed to what He says to the people of our time. Mere knowledge is insufficient. To quote from The Imitation of Christ,* "Every man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge, without profound reverence for God? Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars." Mere knowledge is insufficient if it is not put into practice.
However, if we know the commandments of the Lord, however weakly and imperfectly, and every day, work and pray to perfect both our knowledge and our practice of those truths, the Lord will help us. Jesus will perfect our knowledge through the practice of His commandments. It will become a practical, solid truth--a realized truth, a basis for living.
So, seek not mere abstract knowledge—merely to know for the sake of knowing. Seek to understand so that the commandments may be fulfilled in your life. It is the practice of the Love of God that knowledge, however faulty, is made perfect.
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Monday, May 11, 2009
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