Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
Augst 16 A..D. 2010
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Deuteronomy 32:18-19, 20, 21
A reflection on today's Scripture:
You have forgotten God who gave you birth. (see Deuteronomy 32:18)
What an opportunity to see Jesus face to face and ask Him the ultimate question: "Teacher, what must I do to gain eternal life?"
The young man in the Gospel reading of Matthew had led what he thought was a "good" life. Jesus' reply to him is that there is only "One who is good." God! If one wishes to enter into eternal life (heaven), one must keep the Commandments.
This he says he does. But Jesus, who sees what is in our hearts, knew that even though the young man kept the Commandments he was lacking, because the most important things in his life were his possessions, not God or His law. He left Jesus rather than follow "the way, the truth and the life."
Let us not feel sad for the young man, but rather look at ourselves and see where our priorities really are. Are they focused on the "One who is truly good" or are they somewhere else? Have we forgotten the One who gave us birth?
Look what was happening to the Chosen People in the reading from Ezekiel. Even there the Lord was trying to get their attention. God through His Love and Wisdom would physically remove from them what was being misused and what was keeping them from having God as foremost in their hearts and in their lives.
Let us not "forget" God by being "distracted" by our many possessions; rather, let us turn to God with our whole hearts and let us then follow Jesus when He calls!
God our Father,
may we love you in all things and above all things
and reach the joy you have prepared for us
beyond all our imagining.
(Closing Prayer, Monday's Divine Office, Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time)
~ Deacon James W. Chaufty | email: email@example.com
Monday, August 16, 2010
Monday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Stephen of Hungary, king
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