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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 21, A.D. 2001

Exodus 12:37-42
Psalm 136:1,10-15,23-24
Matthew 12:14-21


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Today's Gospel gives us an extraordinary look at how Jesus responds to the plotting of his enemies. It is an example that perhaps we should examine and imitate. He does not become all the more clever, all the more vocal, all the more defensive. Instead, He withdraws. I am sure some wished He would have been more assertive. Even now when the just are ridiculed, the defenseless mistreated and His beloved Church maligned, many yearn for God to prevail over his enemies.

We are instructed, instead, that Jesus, withdrew. However, He doesn't withdraw like you or I might. He doesn't stop doing good in order to save Himself or court the favor of His enemies. He just becomes more sweet, more docile, more patient, more low profile. He knew that in the end the power of the wicked would be broken. Do we not know the same?

Dearest Lord,
Help us, for our enemies surround us.
Send us your Spirit so that we may be more like you:
not contending, not crying out,
then maybe the Father might say of us as He said of you,
"This is my loved one in whom I delight."
Amen

- Donna Raye Nelson, ocds

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