Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 4, A.D. 2001

Genesis 21:5,8-20
Psalm 34:7-8,10-13
Matthew 8:28-34

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Today's readings are very strange. First the account of Hagar and her son Ishmael being sent away into the wilderness by Abraham; second, the story about the demonic possession of the swine herd. What is it we are to learn from these stories, Spirit inspired though they are?

It seems clear that the natural use of our faculties isn't sufficient enough to render these stories meaningful. Only with the help of the Holy Spirit might they speak wisdom to our hearts, instruction for our lives. It will only be through prayer that we might learn the ways of the Lord, to become familiar with His mysterious ways - so unlike our own.

Let us then, not be upset when we fail to comprehend the meaning of Holy Scripture, but instead turn with all humility to the Lord that He might teach us what pleases Him to reveal to us and be at peace with that which remains concealed. Turn to His Church, His Body and learn...

- Donna Raye Nelson, ocds

For a brief look at St. Elizabeth of Portugal go to... http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/

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