Scripture Reading Reflection

15 Sep 2019 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on Scripture Reading Reflection

Does it not seem that all three of this Sunday’s readings reveal to us God’s attitude toward the plight of sinners, presuming that we recognize how widespread is the human tendency to prefer its own blindness and selfishness, to God’s loving intentions for us.

In the first reading we see the unbelievable stupidity of the Hebrews but a short time after their deliverance from slavery by God on the one hand, while on the other God’s willingness to accept the mediation of but one man (Moses) on their behalf.

In the second reading to Timothy, St. Paul is vividly aware that previously his life was going in the wrong direction, and that its turnabout was a pure gift from a loving God. What does that say to us?

Finally, in the Gospel, ever keep in mind that Jesus’ two parables, i.e. of the one lost sheep and the return of the prodigal son, are an attempt to enlighten the hardness of heart of the self-righteous Pharisees and scribes, i.e. God is willing to go far beyond half way to cure alienation from Him.

Which of these situations do we find ourselves? In today’s reflective Psalm we pray in response: “A clean heart create for me O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me.”

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