Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 26 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Zechariah 2:5-9, 14-15a
Jeremiah 31:10, 11-12ab, 13
A reflection on today's Scripture:
The Son of Man is to be handed over to men. (Luke 9:44)
The book of Zechariah dated 520 BC has two parts; the first eight chapters were written by Zechariah, but the final six are thought to be written by one or more unknown authors. It was written at a time when some Israelites, mainly the elders who had been taken to Babylon, returned home to rebuild their ruined Jerusalem and its temple in which God said He would abide. The younger group born in Babylon did not come readily, for they were not raised in the homeland.
Therefore, much of this first part of Zechariah implores their youth to return and help rebuild their holy city in preparation for their nation's Messianic future. Chapter nine speaks of the coming of The Prince of Peace, a humble king, yet one who makes a triumphant entrance into Jerusalem on a Palm Sunday. Chapter twelve proclaims the victory of God's people over the heathens' final assault on Jerusalem that ushers in the Messianic Age with the destruction of evil and the thriving of moral excellence.
In today's Gospel, Christ, the Messiah, predicts for the second time His passion and death, a puzzle to His disciples, for they saw death, as an end to life, a defeat. Christ will reveal at the proper time that His death put our sin to death for us in His human flesh so that we could be reborn to a new and sinless life in Him.
In brief, we die but live again by denying ourselves, by dying through grace, to all that disrupts peace, all that usurps others' rights and ignores their dignity. Zechariah foresees people from all nations traveling to Jerusalem to implore the Lord to share Israel's resurrected life. Today we know that He is ever listening, awaiting our call to welcome Him into our lives.
O Blessed Lord,
we thank You for reminding us through the Eucharist that You are ever ready to give Your life to us, to make us one with You now and forever in glory.
~ Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Saturday, September 26, 2009
Saturday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Cosmas and Damian, martyrs
Lives of the saints:
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