Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 11 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17
Mark 10:17-30 or 10:17-27
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Have you ever gone shopping for one particular thing, like a new coat, a laptop computer, or just about anything that you've set your heart on possessing? We can go from store to store, convinced that this one thing will make us so very happy. Once we have obtained it, the pleasure fades rather quickly. It won't be long before the search and the longing begin all over again. Children will often enlist the help of God or their favorite saint to change Mom or Dad's mind about purchasing it for us. "Oh, Mom, I won't ask for anything ever again!" they plead.
What a different gift the writer of the Book of Wisdom seeks in this Sunday's reading. The writer prays and begs God for the gifts of prudence and wisdom. Unlike gold or silver, these gifts give him joy and contentment for the rest of his days. Last week, Pope Benedict begged young people in the Czech Republic to seek after the truths of their country's rich Christian heritage. He added, "Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. If our eyes remain open to the beauty of God's creation and our minds to the beauty of His truth, then we may indeed hope to remain young and to build a world that reflects something of that divine beauty, so as to inspire future generations to do likewise."
Jesus, in the Gospel, offers eternal life to the rich young man. Because of his many possessions, he could not accept the offer. The wisdom to choose truth and beauty and eternal life costs too much! May all of us, especially our young people, beg God for prudence and wisdom to make the right choice!
~ Msgr. Paul Whitmore
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Sunday, October 11, 2009
Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lives of the saints:
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