Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 31 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Romans 11:1-2, 11-12, 25-29
Psalm 94:12-15, 17-18
Luke 14:1, 7-11
A reflection on today's Scripture:
For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,
but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.
(see Luke 14:11)
Although Jesus knew that the Pharisees had again planned to test Him, He accepted the invitation to dinner extended to Him by a prominent Pharisee. It was the Sabbath, a day that strictly prohibited any work being done, yet they confronted Christ with a man dying of dropsy, a heart problem that caused him to accumulate fluid in his body, drowning him internally.
Jesus asked the Pharisees if it was permitted to cure on the Sabbath. When they gave no answer, He proceeded to heal the man of his affliction and dismissed him. He then turned to ask the group, if any of them were faced on the Sabbath with a child or an animal of theirs fallen into a cistern, would they not pull him out to save him from drowning? They again were silent, as they could not give a satisfactory answer.
Jesus also observed that some guests chose places of honor at the table, closest to the host. He advised them to avoid the embarrassment of pride by not choosing a high place and risking being told by the host to move further down.
Paul's letter to the Romans answered Israel's question: "Would God forever reject them for their transgressions and disbelief in Christ being the Messiah?" He assures them that this will never happen, for God always fulfills His promises.
God was using this hiatus to offer salvation to the Gentiles and to make Israel jealous by realizing their hardened hearts had actually enriched the world with faith in Christ. St. Paul tells his questioners that once the full expected number of Gentiles declared their faith in Christ, God would take Israel's sin away, and as written, they too would believe and be saved.
O God of power and mercy,
speak to our hearts that we may humbly open them to receive Christ our savior, seek His forgiveness for our sins and learn to live in His Love.
~ Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Saturday, October 31, 2009
Saturday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
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