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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 12, A.D. 2001

Genesis 44:23b-29;45:1-5
Psalm 105:16-21
Matthew 10:7-15


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"The reign of God is at hand!" (see: Matthew 10:7)

Jesus spoke these words to His disciples just as He speaks loud and clear to us today.The message remains the same: to cure the sick; raise the dead; heal the leprous, expel demons. Use your gift, whatever it may be, so that the Lord may bless you again and again by replenishing it. For a gift is not a gift until you have given it away.

Today as we read the story of Joseph meeting with his brothers, in Egypt, the thought occurred to me about God's plan for our lives. When Joseph was abandoned in a cistern by his jealous brothers and later sold by them, I doubt he thought that everything would be fine and turn out for the good. Little did he realize as he was taken away that he would be the instrument to save his family from starvation. He held no animosity toward them as he waited for the reunion with his father Israel and younger brother whom he had never seen.

With hindsight we can see how the Lord's hand was on us and how it worked things out for the good in our lives. As we recall the words of the Psalmist, "Remember the marvels the Lord has done", let us be assured of the faithfulness of our God. His promise is true to be with us forever.

Father,
help us in times of doubt
to know with faith that you are near;
nearer than the clothes we wear;
nearer than the air we breathe.
Giver of life, be our strength. AMEN!

- Deacon Bill Powers (uujpow@aol.com)
(Diocese of Rockville Centre)




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