June 15, 2017 – Thursday in the 10th Week of the Church Year

 

Saint for the day: Marguerite d’Youville (October 15, 1701 – December 23, 1771)

Scripture Readings for today’s Liturgy:

2 Corinthians 3:15 – 4:1, 3-6   –   Psalm 85   –   Matthew 5:20-26

In today’s Holy Gospel Jesus says, “I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 5:20)

 The first thing we need to ask ourselves is, “what IS ‘righteousness?’” and why did Jesus single out the scribes and Pharisees as an example of what we shouldn’t be?

I think the answer might be that the S & P’s were “all show and no go.” They gave the outward appearance of being holy but they were like “whitened sepulcehers” that were in constant need of be re-painted and made to look good from the outside.

In the first Scripture for today’s liturgy St. Paul says, “For God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts to bring to light the knowledge of the glory of God on the face of Jesus Christ. (II Cor.4:6)

The important point that we have to remember is that “we are not the light, nor the source of the light but more like a lens which transmits and directs the light to those around us.”

Another way of looking at this is the story of the little girl who, when asked what a saint was, replied – thinking of the stained glass windows of saints in her church – said, “they’re the ones who let the light in.” That’s an interesting concept for us to think about.

So, what’s our ‘bottom line’ for today? We are called to follow Jesus by allowing His light to enter our lives. But we’re not supposed to take the light and hide it under a bushel-basket (not an original thought) but, rather, to let it shine out to those around us who might be in areas of darkness.

 The important point that we have to remember is that “we are not the light, nor the source of the light but more like a lens which transmits and directs the light to those around us.”

So, what’s our ‘bottom line’ for today? We are called to follow Jesus by allowing His light to enter our lives. But we’re not supposed to take the light and hide it under a bushel-basket (not an original thought) but, rather, to let it shine out to those around us who might be in areas of darkness.

Lots of things to think about today but a good place to start. Amen!

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