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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 30, A.D. 2001

Genesis 18:1-15 Luke 1:46-50,53-55 Matthew 8:5-17

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

In today's Gospel reading, I am struck by the fact that the Centurion, a Roman official, not only approached Jesus, but approached Him to ask for a cure for his serving boy, his servant. The thing that seems so extraordinary is that this "pagan", by Jewish standards, had such faith and compassion.

I guess Jesus was struck by it too, for He rewarded him with a healing. It is a lesson for all of us, who have inherited our Catholic identity and often think and act that because of it, our behavior and approach to the Lord is better than others. Let us do a little self-inventory and recognize where we, the "natural heirs of the kingdom", might be falling short. Where have we lacked care and concern for the small, the lowly, the sick? Where have we been lacking in faith. When is the last time we have invoked the healing name of Jesus?

- Donna Raye Nelson

The First Martyrs of the Church of Rome

http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/

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