Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
June 4 A..D. 2010
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
2 Timothy 3:10-17
A reflection on today's Scripture:
How do the scribes claim that the Messiah is the son of David? (Mark 12:35)
Paul's letter to Timothy, one of his converts who is now teaching the Faith, exhorts him to preserve Christ's truths as given to His Apostles. Unfortunately, some had joined the Church to become leaders and gain attention by teaching myths instead of sound doctrine, and at times helping themselves to the collections.
Paul, now in prison and expecting death, is preparing Timothy to choose future leaders, men truly devoted to God and well informed in Christ's truths. He advises Timothy that all his teachings should be based on prophetic scripture to show how Christ has fulfilled these predictions through His life, death and resurrection. He also must assert that all scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit of God and the best source of information and guidance for living righteously and filling people with the desire to join Christ in doing the loving work of salvation.
In today's gospel, Jesus attempts to deepen the scribes' knowledge of scripture by asking them how they can claim that the Messiah is descended from David, when David himself, inspired by the Holy Spirit, calls Him Lord. So how can He also be his son?
Jesus is not trying to deny that the Messiah comes from David's line. Christ is showing the scribes how their thinking is very limited by implying that there is far more to consider than a flesh and blood Messiah. Surely an ordinary human could not trample a host of David's enemies and put them under his feet.
Such extraordinary events were experienced in the past by the Israelites only through God's power. The Messiah's superiority transcends all the strength of the world's armies, for He has come to defeat the power of evil, Satan, who is far more insidious and therefore more deadly than the military. The Devil works through humanity's ego-centrism; he corrupts souls under the guise of giving them more pleasure, riches and freedoms in this world, but he fails to mention the price in the next: an infinity of anger, hatred and pain for their greater loss.
O Father, loving Creator,
we thank you for Your Word Who teaches us truth
and Your Spirit Who makes us holy.
Help us live our faith in You, One God in three Persons.
~ Marie Bocko, OCDS | email: mlbocko(at)twcny(dot)rr(dot)com
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