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Scripture Reflections - June 10
Tenth Sunda of Ordinary Time


READINGS
Genesis 3:5-19
2 Cor. 4:13—5:1
Mark 3:20-35

 

Archives Msgr Paul E. Whitmore
Msgr. Paul E. Whitmore

Our readings this week focus on our fallen nature, on our negligence as stewards of nature,  and our lack of vigilance in being on guard  against the demons that seek to destroy God’s plan for our glorious destiny.

In  the first reading from Genesis, the story of Adam and Eve’s fall from grace and their loss of a life of joy in Paradise reminds us that, from the beginning, there was struggle with the angel Lucifer, already fallen from heaven.  It’s much more than eating the wrong fruit; it’s all about putting g their own desire for power over obedience to their Creator’s wise will for them.  Now they would live a life of toil and struggle.  The contest was now against a serpent who would roam the earth, seeking the ruin of souls.  They would also combat a a raw unfriendly world that, although beautiful, was now “red in tooth and claw” as the poet Browning would later write. 

Fortunately,  God revealed that He would one day send His Beloved Son to “buy them back” from Satan’s power by His own Blood.  Our second reading from St. Paul to the Corinthians teaches that God’s infinite grace will bring us ultimate victory, even though our natural bodies are gradually wearing away. 

The Gospel  portrays Jesus as vigorously battling  the demons on our behalf.  Jesus, our Redeemer, is constantly working to raise our fallen nature.  We, on our part, are more and more allowing  motives of greed, and short-sighted prosperity to lead us to further destruction.   This, of course, is succumbing  still to the temptations of Satan and his demons that has as their goal our harm and eventual  spiritual  death. 

Our human nature is indeed  flawed and  often blind  to the Providence of  a loving God  to whom we must constantly beg for mercy, repentance, and  grace to continue  on our journey to the Kingdom.

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