Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 17 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Romans 4:13, 16-18
Psalm 105:6-9, 42-43
A reflection on today's Scripture:
It was not through the law that Abraham and his descendants would inherit the world, but through righteousness that comes from faith. (Romans 4:13)
In today's gospel, Verses 8 and 9, Jesus makes a statement about those who either believe or disbelieve that He is Christ, the Messiah. Those who believe in Him, He will acknowledge before the angels of God, but disbelievers He will not. Verse 10, however, speaks of a different matter when He says that a person can be forgiven if he speaks against Christ, the Son of Man, for in such a case the person may gain knowledge and later become a believer.
There is in Chapter 11, Verses 14-23, an account of the one unforgivable sin He refers to, blasphemy against God committed by the Pharisees whose malicious minds accused Jesus of healing and driving out demons by the power of Satan rather than God's Holy Spirit. He tells His disciples never to fear speaking Christ's truths, for the Holy Spirit will give them the words in their very moment of need.
Paul frequently suffered abuses, but consistently declared Christ's truths. In this letter to the Romans he disputed the Pharisees' teaching that to be saved one must live by the Law. He told them that following the list of dos and don'ts in the law isn't sufficient, for to achieve eternal life with Christ requires faith in Him as their savior.
Indeed, in Matthew 5:17-20 Jesus said that He has come to fulfill the law, and though the Commandments still stand, He, though also fully human, is the personification of God sent to actually live the law of God's love in His flesh. If we accept God's gift of faith in Christ and allow His Holy Spirit to guide our hearts and minds, it will result in our living in God's righteousness, being transformed in Christ's image and becoming heirs with Him to eternal life.
O Lord God, Father of all,
search the depths of our minds and hearts to remove all that blinds us to Christ's truths; then allow Your Spirit to reign supreme in our lives.
~ Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Saturday, October 17, 2009
Saturday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
Saint Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr
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