Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 7 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Romans 16:3-9, 16, 22-27
Psalm 145:2-5, 10-11
A reflection on today's Scripture:
"You cannot serve both God and mammon." (Luke 16:13)
In today's gospel Jesus discusses "dishonesty" by first observing that worldly people focused on material gains are wise in dealing with their own kind, but "children of the light" who are concerned with spiritual matters, lack this particular skill. Some may admire and befriend those who became rich dishonestly until they are victimized by one of them or witness the financial disaster of that same friend at the hands of one more cunning.
Such experiences can be a blessing if the observer or victim realizes how easily worldly gains can be lost in contrast to spiritual wealth that is eternal. Jesus also tells us that there are no degrees of dishonesty; it applies to great and small matters equally and defines a person's character. If a person can't be trusted to keep his dishonest wealth, surely God will not trust him with His true wealth.
Jesus concludes that a servant can't serve two masters fully; he can devote himself only to material or spiritual wealth. The Pharisees who loved money sneered at Jesus' teaching, but He reminds them that God sees their hearts, and to Him coveting riches is an abomination.
In Romans, Paul devotes himself to unifying the hearts and minds of all who have been called to proclaim Christ. We note that His list of contacts has both Jewish and Gentile names in an effort to remove all barriers between people and to assure that their major concern is to teach the Scripture with perfect integrity.
Some had been known to deviate from the truth, perhaps to become popular by making God's Word agreeable to those with more liberal tastes. Paul exhorts these disciples to develop genuinely loving relationships within their groups and a sincere affection between Christian communities. Paul ends with a hymn of praise to God to inspire these disciples to live in Christ's self-giving love and to spread God's uncorrupted truth in both word and deed.
O Merciful Father,
protect our minds and hearts from distortions of Your Blessed Word; fill us with the beauty of Your Truth and warmth of Your Love to share with all.
~ Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Saturday, November 7, 2009
Saturday of the Thirtieth-first Week in Ordinary Time
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