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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 17, A.D. 2001

Exodus 2:1-15a
Psalm 69:3,14,30-31,33-34
Matthew 11:20-24

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

All over the world, scenes of atrocities are visited and commemorated by women -- mothers, wives, and sisters. Like Rachel, mourning for her children, their tears ascend to heaven. No wonder that the Levite mother of Moses set him afloat in a basket, beseeching Divine Providence to save him. And a loving God, using Pharaoh's daughter as His instrument, delivered the child back to her for nursing!

Countless mothers in our world cry in vain as they watch their children starving and dying, or abused and neglected, or actually murdered in front of their eyes. Last Sunday's Gospel showed us God as a nursing mother. We must pray that God's maternal instincts will hear the prayers of mothers everywhere as hostilities escalate in Northern Ireland and Palestine. Are we, too, under a worse condemnation than Sodom and Gomorrah? Only prayer and sacrifice, tears and evangelizing can repair a God so offended.

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore (paulwhit@northnet.org)

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