Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
Augst 20 A..D. 2010
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
A reflection on today's Scripture:
"The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments." (see Matthew 22:40)
God led Ezekiel to a field covered with dry human bones to illustrate the spiritual death of His people, faithless, disobedient and divided into conflicting groups. In this state of moral and social decay, they easily succumbed to the invading Babylonians who deported many Israelites to their provinces, among them Ezekiel, called as a prophet.
Ezekiel was to tell God's people that despite their faithlessness, He would restore their withered souls to new life in His spirit, for His love is everlasting to His own. While Ezekiel prophesied as instructed by God, the bones joined themselves perfectly into human skeletons and then took on flesh to form a vast army. This signified to the Israelites that He will raise them from death to a new life of hope, strength and victory.
Today's gospel begins with the Pharisees' attempt to discredit Jesus in a religious error. He had just shown the Sadducees they were mistaken to disbelieve His promise of life after death by quoting the scripture that says, "God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob," for after death they will continue to exist like the angels, living spiritual beings, therefore, God is the God of the living and not the dead.
The Pharisees then asked Jesus which is the greatest commandment, to which Jesus replied, it is to love God with one's whole heart, soul and mind, and the second is like it, to love your neighbor as yourself. The entire law depends upon love and upon God Who is its living perfection.
We learn to truly love when we learn to see and love others as God does. While God hates sin because it separates our hearts from His, God's love for the sinner remains constant. A common yet deadly sin is to say that we love God yet despise our neighbor.
O Father God,
help us choose those values which will unite this world's people. Make us of one mind and heart to end our conflicts and bring us true peace and joy.
~ Marie Bocko, OCDS | email: mlbocko(at)twcny(dot)rr(dot)com
Friday, August 20, 2010
Friday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Bernard, abbot and doctor of the Church
Lives of the saints:
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