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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 25 A..D. 2010


Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:



2 Kings 25:1-12
Psalm 137:1-6
Matthew 8:1-4


A reflection on today's Scripture:





Jesus said to the leper, "Be made clean!" and his leprosy was cleansed immediately.
(see Matthew 8:3)

Today's gospel becomes clearer if we see that Christ's cleansing of the leper follows right after His "Sermon on the Mount" (see Chapters 5, 6 & 7) that begins with the Beatitudes which describe the necessary human attitudes needed in order to accept and live in God's laws.

Taken together, the Beatitudes also define how man can live in the moral purity needed to create a just and peaceful world. What one person may believe is a minor infraction of the "law," to God is a rejection of it in its entirety because it violates in some way the love and truth on which the Divine Law is based.

Christ's healing of the leper shows more than His mercy, compassion and divine power; it also proves that He has not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it. He does this by sending the healed man to the priest to offer the sacrifice prescribed by Moses and also to be confirmed as being healed so that he can resume living in public without restrictions.

In 2 Kings, we meet Zedekiah who had disobeyed the Divine Word yet thought that God would still protect him and his people under the covenant he had willfully broken. God's judgment took place when the Babylonian army swarmed their holy city, burned the temple, tore down Jerusalem's walls and exiled nearly everyone with the exception of some farmers left to care for the land and the remaining animals. King Zedekiah suffered a horrible death, and God's people were exiled from their land for the next fifty years.

God's love and forgiveness never fail, but He allows people to suffer the consequences of their faithlessness, their deliberate exclusion of Him from their lives, a law that stays in effect to this very day.

O Father God,
give us Your Spirit to form our minds in Your truth and our hearts in Your love, that we may live obediently in Your blessed light given to us in Christ. Amen.

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



Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time





Lives of the saints:









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