Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
May 28 A..D. 2010
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 Peter 4:7-13
A reflection on today's Scripture:
But whoever is made to suffer as a Christian should not be ashamed but glorify God because of the name. (1 Peter 4:16)
Our reading from Peter's first letter addresses the early Christians being ridiculed and persecuted for their beliefs by both Gentiles and Jews. He reminds the converts that they have responded to a higher calling, committing themselves to bringing honor and glory to God through living in His love and truth.
They are to be charitable, hospitable and uncomplaining, keeping an attitude of peace toward their persecutors; for God has given each gifts to become stewards of His graces to make Christ's goodness visible in the world and draw many more to Him.
Peter based this advice on the possibility that the "end" and their judgment may be near; therefore, they should remain prepared by engaging in serious and sober prayers to develop a sincere, intense love for all. The latter attitudes are essential, for "love covers a multitude of sins." They cannot coexist.
Today's gospel narrates two events in which Christ expresses unusual anger. On His way to Jerusalem's temple He felt hungry and stopped at a fig tree; finding no fruit, He invoked a curse on it, "May no one eat of your fruit ever again."
When Christ and His disciples reached the temple, He began driving out the merchants, upsetting the tables of those selling goods, doves for sacrifice and also short-changing the money of Jews from other nations. Jesus angrily declared that they "have turned this house of prayer into a den of thieves." The people stood amazed while the priests and scribes discussed the possibility of having Him put to death.
During Christ's return journey, Peter pointed to the barren fig tree He had cursed which now lay withered to the ground. Both of Christ's actions were enactments of Divine judgment upon Israel's leaders who had cheated their people by viciously rejecting the loving truth revealed to them through God's Living Word.
O Loving Redeemer,
enable us to make Your Presence known in this world. In the power of Your Spirit, teach us to love as You love and live fully in the purity of Your truth.
~ Marie Bocko, OCDS | email: mlbocko(at)twcny(dot)rr(dot)com
Friday, May 28, 2010
Friday of the Eighth Week of Easter
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