Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 19 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 Timothy 6:13-16
Psalm 100:1b-2, 3, 4, 5
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Lay hold of eternal life to which you were called when you made the noble confession in the presence of many witnesses. (1 Timothy 6:12)
Today's reading from Paul's letter to Timothy was preceded by his criticism of religion teachers whose minds had corrupted God's truth and now used religion to compete with one another for material gain.
Paul, concerned for Timothy in such an environment, exhorts him to pursue true wealth by winning converts through teaching the gospel as Christ presented it. As a man of God, Timothy is also encouraged to be an example by living the Faith, being as righteous, devoted, loving, patient and gentle as Christ. Nothing is more destructive to people's faith and their hope for salvation than hypocrites who teach but lack a true and intimate knowledge of God gained only through sincere and diligent prayer.
Christ, using the parable of the sower, expands the theme of our first reading. God is the sower Whose work reveals the condition of human hearts by liberally sowing His holy Word, the seed, over all the ground. Though everyone received equally, each reacted differently to God's seeds of truth and love.
That which fell on yielding and fertile ground nurtured the seeds and bore food to feed many. The others who gave little or nothing of themselves resisted the seed, remained barren or produced poorly.
One fact presented by this parable is that the attitudes, pleasures and conditions in the world, occupy many to the point where they cannot see beyond acquiring things, getting instead of giving.
We need not wonder why some rich, successful people are unhappy, ever looking to get more or fearing to lose their gains. They suffer from spiritual destitution; they have lost the most fulfilling, joyful and peaceful half of their lives.
O Merciful God,
guide the lost who are actually seeking You, but do not know the way. Place them on the path that will lead them to Your perfect, eternal home.
~ Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Saturday, September 19, 2009
Saturday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Januarius, bishop and martyr
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