Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 22 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Ruth 2:1-3, 8-11; 4:13-17
Psalm 128:1b-2, 3, 4, 5
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled -- whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Matthew 23:12)
Both Ruth and today's gospel reveal that a sincere love for God results in healthy changes in human attitudes. As we draw closer to Him, we realize that the true worth of our lives isn't determined only by our overt actions or words, for these may be done and spoken to create a pleasing image of ourselves that advances us economically or socially. God looks within our hearts to examine our motives to see if our behavior is merely self-seeking or genuinely self-giving, for He created us to be like Himself, to resemble His Son Christ Who, through purest love, gave His life for our salvation.
Ruth, a Moabite, a foreigner married to an Israelite, is presented to illustrate her piety toward God and family, highly valued qualities by the Israelites. When Ruth's father-in-law and both of his sons died, her mother-in-law Naomi was left virtually alone when the wife of one son returned to her family's home.
Ruth, however, told Naomi that she was determined to remain with her to share her entire life, even to worshipping her God. The two journeyed to Bethlehem, Naomi's ancestral home, where an interesting series of events resulted in Ruth marrying a prominent member of Naomi's family, Boas, who was drawn to her by her genuine kindness, integrity and her gift of faith. Commentaries tell us this story is historically true and shows that Ruth, the foreigner, now married into David's line is related to Christ Who is hence seen as the universal Savior.
Christ, in today's gospel, humbles the Pharisees and Scribes by describing their pretension and hypocrisy, for while their teachings have some validity, their moral example, if followed by their students and converts, would make them victims of their instructors' depravity and with them be excluded from the kingdom of heaven.
O Blessed Lord,
help us to discern those values that will develop our purity of mind and heart and build those qualities that will lead us all to oneness and peace.
~ Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Saturday, August 22, 2009
Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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