Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 9 A..D. 2010
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 51:3-4, 8-9, 12-13, 14 & 17
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves. . . . (see Matthew 10:16)
Today's reading from Hosea again speaks of Israel's moral collapse, but his emphasis is on the recognition of their sins, idolatry and oppression of the poor, and their seeking forgiveness by submitting to a renewal leading to salvation.
The Commentary tells us that Hosea's deeply painful marriage to an adulterous woman is reflected in his writing. His wife symbolized Israel's faithlessness to God (represented as her husband) whose deep love could not forsake her. Instead he would chasten her gently as a lover who would try bringing her back by recalling the pure joy of their first love. Hosea's final chapter describes God's people returning to Him gloriously transformed in an entirely new life of beauty, goodness, fruitfulness and prosperity, reborn as His true children.
In Matthew's gospel, Christ prepares His Apostles to spread the good news of forgiveness, salvation and eternal life, by warning them of the dangers involved in their teaching God's moral truths to some who are unaware of being sinful and to others who are hostile to changing their sinful way of life.
Jesus' Apostles will be persecuted, arrested, and brought before the authorities, but He tells them to be simple as doves in their presence, for they will be enabled by the Holy Spirit to clearly speak the Father's truths. Speaking generally, Jesus also tells them that these teachings will cause animosities and rifts between family members.
Also some of the faithful will be sentenced to death, but if in spite of this they endure to the end in their beliefs, they will gain eternal life. When in a certain place or town they are persecuted and summarily dismissed, they should move to another town because Jesus reminds them that no disciple is better than His teacher and that they must remain faithful to God's Word; for those who deny Him, He will deny before His heavenly Father. God's truth is perfect and immutable.
O Father of Light and Truth,
guide us in the way of Christ by our rejecting all that is contrary to the gospel and so make us what You have called us to be. Amen.
~ Marie Bocko, OCDS | email: mlbocko(at)twcny(dot)rr(dot)com
Friday, July 9, 2010
Friday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Augustine Zhao Rong and companions, martyrs
Lives of the saints:
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