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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 24 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Romans 8:1-11
Psalm 24:1-6
Luke 13:1-9

A reflection on today's Scripture:

The law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has freed you from the law of death.
(Romans 8:2)

Today's gospel speaks of the evil that prevails in this world through such people as Pilate who ordered the slaughter of those found attending a religious meeting. Christ tells us, however, that sins of varied nature and seriousness infect every soul, and unless we repent and are healed by God, the suffering and injustices will continue throughout this world and bring eternal pain to the unrepentant in the next.

Jesus mitigates this severe sentence with the parable of the barren fig tree that the owner wished to cut down until his gardener asked to again cultivate and fertilize the soil around it to see if it will then bear fruit. Christ's parable illustrates God's loving patience toward a seemingly useless encumbrance in His garden. Yet even this reprieve will end if the tree fails to respond positively to continued care.

Our reading from Paul's letter to the Romans relates to today's gospel by assuring repentant sinners that they will receive help to reform their lives and produce fruit, for Christ's sacrifice put our sins to death in His human flesh and so freed us from the law of sin and death.

Paul explains that our flesh is hostile toward God, and because it only seeks to satisfy "self" we must, like Christ who died "literally" for our sins, we too must put it to death in our own flesh, but in the "figurative" sense.

This transformation in our behavior begins to take place when Christ gives believers His Holy Spirit Who brings new life to our human spirit. We are not left alone to follow God's law of love and truth; His Spirit gives us guidance and power to live righteously. Once we are released from sin through obedience to God's Spirit, salvation, eternal life in and with Christ is ours.

O Almighty God,
give us loving hearts that will grow in the new life You have promised us in Christ, and once in Christ, may we generously share His new life with others.

~ Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Anthony Mary Claret, bishop

Lives of the saints:

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


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