Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
Augst 13 A..D. 2010
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Ezekiel 16:1-15, 60, 63 or Ezekiel 16:59-63
Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.
Ezekiel speaks of the birth of the Israelite people to be the result of a meeting between an Amorite and a Hittite who produced an unwanted and grossly neglected child left to die. God took pity and gave the child His greatest care, causing her to thrive and multiply until He had created a people of His own who had both beauty and the ability to participate in His perfect and joyful life. But pride overcame them, and rather than following the Parent who saved them, the Israelites gave themselves like harlots to any who approached them.
God, in His infinite love and mercy, reminded the Israelites of the covenant they had agreed to, but had broken in ways that brought them great shame. A new and binding covenant was drawn up which called the Israelites to accept and live by rules based upon goodness, righteousness and fidelity.
In Matthew's gospel, Christ deals with marriage, the subject of our first reading. In Jesus' time, divorce had become prevalent and the Pharisees used this to test Jesus by asking Him if it was allowed to divorce one's spouse for any reason. Jesus replied that God did not permit this at the beginning and that subsequent marriages would be adulterous. He said Moses was so besieged by men with hardened hearts who sought divorce that he changed the rule to gain peace.
Jesus continues by saying that God made humans male and female to be joined in marriage, a union that is His sacred calling for us to participate in His creative love. Marriage is a God-given holy gift, not a trivial matter subject to change.
God defines love as an irrevocable choice, not a mere feeling that changes with the emotional tides between individuals. God despises sin but His love has never waned toward sinners. Our heavenly Father calls us to learn to love as shown to us by Christ.
O Blessed Redeemer,
guide our life's journey in the way of Your love, for this alone makes us fully human and helps us to enable others to respond to life in a like manner.
~ Marie Bocko, OCDS | email: mlbocko(at)twcny(dot)rr(dot)com
Friday, August 13, 2010
Friday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Pontian, pope and martyr
St. Hippolytus, priest and martyr
Lives of the saints:
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