Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 30 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Have you ever gotten so stuck in the past that you seem incapable of moving forward?
We know what we have experienced in the past certainly has an impact on us and contributes to the complex process of how we perceive and respond to the created and uncreated world. The phrase that "the past is prologue" illustrates this point.
In today's Gospel we hear how the disciple wishes to go home to bury his father before following Jesus. At first glace, it doesn't seem like such an unusual human response, yet Jesus says, "Let the dead bury the dead," and goes on to say that "no one who has put his hand to the plow and then looks back to what is left behind is worthy of the kingdom."
Does that mean we become less than human and purposefully disregard the past? Or, does it mean instead that we accept the invitation to become more like the Divine One and put into proper perspective the events of our past?
To do this, we must really let the past be prologue, a prologue to the ultimate chapter of our life, that is, eternal life. If we do this, we let the experiences and events of our lives show themselves for what they are, namely a point in time that can lead us either toward or way from God.
In the end, it's about the choices we make. For our part, may we, with God's grace, put our hand to the plow and never look back.
~ Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
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Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Wednesday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Jerome, priest and doctor of the Church
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