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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 11 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Ezekiel 34:11-16
Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
Romans 5:5b-11
Luke 15:3-7

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Rejoice with me for I have found my lost sheep. (Luke 15:6)

All of today's readings illustrate God's infinite and unconditional love poured out upon us through "The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus."

The prophet Ezekiel was one of the Israelites captured and deported to Babylon, a situation inducing him to reproach his fellow captives for their long-standing violations of God's laws. He predicted that their faithless behavior would result in Jerusalem, the holy city that they thought was indestructible, being totally devastated. When news reached them that this had taken place, Ezekiel was seen as a true prophet of God. This gave them reason to rejoice when God, through the prophet, sent them a message of hope. He would offer them a new covenant and being ruled by the most holy, sacred Lord Who would restore them to their home, heal the sick and injured, and enable them to enjoy a blessed new life.

Paul's letter to the Romans also expresses the theme of Christ's restoration, His people's spiritual renewal and God fulfilling their hopes by pouring out His love upon them through His Spirit. God had already proven His forgiveness of man's infidelities by sending Christ, God in human flesh, to die sacrificially to pay for our sins and to show us that we too, like Jesus, must put this sinful human flesh to death by living in God's Law. In other words, Christ's sacred blood truly cleanses our iniquities when we faithfully obey the conditions of His commands, living in His love and truth toward all.

Luke's gospel speaks of salvation on a more personal, intimate level. He deems every individual precious, unique and made in Godís image to participate in His holy life. We fulfill this condition if we allow His Holy Spirit to transform us in mind and heart so that we may grow in our resemblance to Christ. For mankind to achieve true peace, both as individuals and citizens of this world, requires our becoming fully human, flesh guided by the Spirit of God. Christ makes every effort to save the lost and bring them into the fold. Only our willful, deliberate deafness and blindness can hinder His work.

O Blessed Lord,
we rejoice in Your love that seeks to draw us all to salvation through Christ. Cleanse us from selfishness and all attitudes that drive us apart. Amen.

~ Marie Bocko, OCDS | email: mlbocko(at)twcny(dot)rr(dot)com

Friday, June 11, 2010

Solemnity of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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