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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 13, A.D. 2001

Genesis 46:1-7,28-30
Psalm 37:3-4,18-19,27-28,39-40
Matthew 10:16-23


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

The readings of today build on the strength of Christians, strength based on faith, for without it the words in the Gospel of St. Matthew are frightening, "Behold I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves" and "they will deliver you up in councils and scourge you in their synagogues". (Matthew 10:16-17)

St. Matthew emphasizes that we are not to worry in advance "for it shall be given you in that hour what to speak" and also that we persevere for "he that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved". (Matthew 10:19-22) The Genesis narrative of Joseph sold into Egypt by his family, his deliverance and joyful reunion with his father demonstrate the loving attentiveness of God for those with faith who persevere. (Genesis 46:1-7,28-30)

Most of us are unlikely to be put to such drastic tests of faith as we hear with this Joseph, but we all have little tests of faith, sometimes many times in a day. It is then that we can lean on our faith and trust in a loving God. To do so we need the firm foundation of faith. Faith is a gift, our most precious jewel! As with any gifts it can be ignored, or accepted with a loving spirit. With grace and our cooperation through prayer, study and attentiveness this faith can grow and deepen. Unlike other gifts our faith expands the more we share it with others. How are we doing with our faith?

- Joan of Jesus, ocds




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