Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
June 27 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Luke 1:46-47, 48-49, 50 and 53, 54-55
A reflection on today's Scripture:
As you believed, let it be done for you. (see Matthew 8:13)
Each of today's readings deals with faith ranging from disbelief to joyful abandonment.
For years Abraham and Sarah had desired a son but remained childless. Aware of this, God promised to fulfill their wish, an event that both doubted because of their advanced years. In our first reading Abraham heartily welcomes three travelers. While speaking with their leader whom he did not recognize as Yahweh, the visitor told him that by the time he returned the next year, Sarah would have borne a son. Sarah, thinking of her withered state and Abraham's age, laughed inwardly. The leader interrupted her thoughts by pointedly asking, "Is anything too marvelous for the Lord to do?"
In today's gospel, Jesus was met by a centurion who begged Him to heal his paralyzed servant. When Jesus agreed to go with him, the Roman, overwhelmed by Christ's compassion, said he was not worthy to have Him come under his roof; but being familiar with the work of authority, he was certain that if Jesus only said the word, his servant would be healed. Jesus praised this man's unprecedented faith and humility and granted his request. Jesus then expressed regret over His own people's disbelief in Him, for they would exclude themselves from His heavenly banquet and be left in the outer darkness.
The Canticle of Mary in Luke 1:46-55 expresses the ultimate degree of human faith, her total abandonment of self to God. Here she acknowledges her bearing God's life within her and so proclaims His greatness and goodness for blessing her, His lowly handmaiden, with such an honor. Surely, she knew of the shame and danger she would face in her situation -- her betrothal to Joseph being cancelled and possibly being stoned to death for her "sin." Still, her selfless love for God took precedence over all else.
O Blessed Redeemer,
free us from ourselves, from all our misgivings and fears,
that we may face in life that which could prevent our making Your will for us our own.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Saturday, June 27, 2009
Saturday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Cyril of Alexandria, bishop and doctor of the Church
Lives of the saints:
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