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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 3 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Baruch 4:5-12, 27-29
Psalm 69:33-35, 36-37
Luke 10:17-24

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you,
but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.
(see Luke 10:20)

The major theme of the Bible is "reconciliation" between straying humanity and its loving and merciful Creator who made man in His image to share in His blessed life.

Baruch, who had been Jeremiah's secretary, reflected him in his own writings: Israel's infidelities to God, the fall of Jerusalem, the conditions of the exiles in Babylon, and finally, the spirit of repentance that caused God to end their exile.

The Holy City would then be rebuilt to become the "mother of exiles," restoring God's children to Him. Baruch's book ends with warnings against idolatry, all that man does to separate himself from God. We should note that God doesn't indulge in vengeful acts as we do toward one another. He simply allows our free will to shut the door to Him and so open it to evil and suffering.

Our gospel today illustrates that man's free will can produce great good when human hearts choose to be filled with God's love. Christ asked His Father to enable His disciples to go heal the sick and free those afflicted by evil spirits. When they returned rejoicing at their success, Christ lifted His heart in prayer to His Father, thanking Him for blessing His disciples, allowing them to experience what had been kept "hidden from the wise."

Jesus is saying that those who think themselves superior (wise) are prone to personally take the credit for doing such great works rather than giving the glory to God Who is the very source of all power. To illustrate this, Jesus speaks of having seen Satan fall like lightning from the sky for planning to usurp God's position and power. He tells His disciples that their greatest blessing is their belief in Christ and the good that came from obedience to Him, for this has earned them a place with Him in eternity.

O Father God,
Your love that surpasses all our hopes and desires has been shown to us in Your Son. Teach us humility and self-giving love to make Christ visible in this world.

~ Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Saturday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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