and Daily Meditation
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Wednesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
St. Rita of Cascia, religious
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 119:165, 168, 171, 172, 174, 175
A reflection on today's Sacred Scripture:
Whoever is not against us is for us. . . .
Too often we seem to miss this important saying of Jesus. Too often we assume that anyone who does not believe precisely as we believe or who does not toe "the party line" all the way along is an enemy of Christ. But Jesus tells us that no one can speak ill of Him and at the same time perform miracles in His name. The name of Jesus requires a certain love of Jesus to be efficacious. People can be seriously in error of understanding or even practice, but that doesn't mean that they don't love Jesus.
Whoever is not against us is for us. If they are not trying to remove our rights, if they are not in active opposition to what we stand for, they are for us. They are a silent majority of support. We need to realize that more often than not, this will be the support we get--a tacit assent. And we must treasure that because it is sometimes the most that a timid person can produce.
So, let us love our neighbor, even in his error. Let us recall that the saints themselves did not give a doctrinal quiz before reaching out to others and helping them. The best teacher of doctrine, the best purveyor of truth is the love that we show to someone who isn't part of our belief group. The understanding and the care that we show the world is what demonstrates our essential Christian nature. "They will know we are Christians by our love."
- JuandelaCruz | send comments to: sriddle415(at)yahoo.com
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