Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
June 18 A..D. 2010
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
2 Kings 11:1-4, 9-18, 20
Psalm 132:11-14, 17-18
A reflection on today's Scripture:
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. (Matthew 6: 21)
Kings 1 and 2 have been compared to "editorial comments" showing that those who remained true to God blessed their people, while the infidels paid dearly for their defections. Today's reading demonstrates the latter, for when King Ahaziah died, his mother ordered the murder of his entire family so she could accede to the throne. She ruled for six years, not realizing that one of the dead king's sons had been hidden safely in God's Temple. In the seventh year of her rule, Jehoiada, the high priest, summoned the Captain of the Guards to come to the temple to meet the surviving son of the dead king, the true successor to the throne. In consequence, Athaliah was put to death for her murderous treason, freeing the people to adopt a new covenant with God and to destroy the temple of Baal, the false God they had been made to worship. Order was restored by the crowning of the legitimate king, and peace descended on the people.
Our first reading showed that those making gains at the expense of others will face retribution. Christ's gospel adds a far greater consequence to the covetous and greedy. Jesus reminds us that money, power and perishable goods can decay or be stolen; therefore, He advises us to pursue riches that transcend this earthly life. We should instead seek the imperishable, heavenly treasure, God's salvation, promised to His faithful, to those whose eyes are healthy and filled with God's light, His love and truth. Those who lack this light will be plunged in the deepest of all darkness, a separation from God that means their hopelessly, painfully existing in a place with others, like themselves, souls totally lacking all goodness, kindness and compassion.
O Father of infinite love,
we thank You for the Faith that draws us together and enables us through Your graces to overcome any inordinate desires for worldly gains.
~ Marie Bocko, OCDS | email: mlbocko(at)twcny(dot)rr(dot)com
Friday, June 18, 2010
Friday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
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