Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 28 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 102:16-18, 19-21, 29 and 22-23
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Do not prevent him, for whoever is not against you is for you.
Sometimes we seem to forget this most important and beautiful saying of Jesus. We assume that if someone is not Catholic or Christian in a way that we recognize, then they cannot help us, they oppose us. And perhaps this may be true in some cases, but in many cases, the opposite is true. Those who do not hinder us, help us in that much. Today we have so many who are ready to bring suit against us for speaking out in faith -- so many ready to take offense at our belief -- ready to tell us of our foolishness and our na´vetÚ.
But there are a great many whose prayers join with ours. A great many people support what we do, but do not necessarily have the mission (or perhaps the courage) to go out in the forefront of the battle. Nevertheless, they quietly support our efforts with their prayers.
There are others as well -- atheists and feminists who oppose the death penalty for the fetus in the womb -- perhaps unlikely companions in being a voice for the voiceless. For this service God blesses them -- and even if they do not join us in prayer outside abortion clinics, or perhaps make no public display at all -- nevertheless, they do not oppose us, and they work in their own ways to accomplish the same end.
So, let us not assume that Protestant, Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, Taoist, Hindu, or any of our brothers and sisters who do not aid us directly, necessarily oppose us. Certainly some do, but not all. And most are looking for the same thing we seek for, as St. Augustine tells us of the human condition, "Our hearts are restless until they rest in thee, O Lord."
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Monday, September 28, 2009
Monday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Wenceslaus, martyr
St. Lawrence Ruiz, martyr and his companions, martyrs
Lives of the saints:
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