Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
February 14 A..D. 2010
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6
1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20
Luke 6:17, 20-26
A reflection on today's Scripture:
This Sunday is "Valentine's Day," a time for flowers and candy and a candlelight dinner for your wife or husband - or even for your favorite "lonely heart"! And, of course, Mardi Gras and "Fat Tuesday" celebrations are in order before Lent begins this coming Wednesday! The readings for this Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time can seem to clash. Not really, since the theme of trust in God rather than in people (first reading), and the message of the Beatitudes (the Gospel), are both inspired by God's great love for us. Without divine love, human love alone would be shallow.
Taking a look at Jeremiah first, we know how hard this prophet worked to prevent the Israelites from being made slaves in Bablyon in the year 587 B.C. Why? Because they didn't listen to Jeremiah's plea, "Cursed is the one who trusts in human beings, whose heart turns away from the Lord . . . he is like a barren bush in the desert." By contrast, "blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord . . . He is like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream. . . ." What a beautiful image, that God also uses in several of the psalms! It's a message for government leaders, business people, and society in general. If we want peace, we must work for justice as God's law directs us.
The Beatitudes teach us that God's way for us contradicts what the "world" says will bring us happiness. If we seek riches, and hoard our possessions instead of sharing them with the poor, if we engage in evil practices for the sake of popular approval, then we risk divine punishment and loss of eternal life. On the other hand, those who go against the stream, and endure insult and abuse in this life, should "rejoice and leap for joy . . . for your reward will be great in heaven."
Sound familiar? We'll hear a lot more of the same during Lent. The message ought not spoil our Valentine celebrations. Rather, let's see it as a head start on the direction of our Lent.
~ Msgr. Paul Whitmore | email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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