Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
Augst 3 A..D. 2010
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Jeremiah 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22
Psalm 102:16-18, 19-21, 29 and 22-23
Matthew 14:22-36 or Matthew 15:1-2, 10-14
A reflection on today's Scripture:
There are words in today's First Reading which help me to better understand how loving the Lord is in forgiving our sinfulness. It is not just that He might be angry or disappointed or grieved because of our wanton offenses, but repulsed because our offences are like a "running sore" that cannot be healed. (see Jeremiah 30:13)
If you put things in human terms and think about it, it might be easier to forget your anger, or get over your disappointment; but something that is repulsive might be an altogether different matter.
For me these words, "like a running sore," illustrate how God loves us and overcomes what to, anyone else, might be repulsive. As a nurse I have experienced what is repulsive in human nature and, in just the tiniest of ways, can begin to understand what it takes to overcome such revulsion. It is nothing less than God's grace, a touch of His Divine nature.
Think of it, by sinning we are the most repulsive thing you can imagine, and yet God in all His loving mercy welcomes us into His arms, heals everything that is repulsive and transforms us into loveliness.
"'You shall be my people, and I will be your God,' says the Lord."(see Jeremiah 30:22)
~ Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS | email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Tim
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