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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 24, A.D. 2001

Exodus 14:21--15:1
Exodus 15:8-10,12,17
Matthew 12:46-50

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Some of us remember the movie "The Great Escape." Enjoyable and incredible as it was, it still cannot match the greatest escape of all time, the Israelites' escape from their slavery in Egypt. This event still rings in the minds and hearts of all who seek freedom. It was this Biblical miracle of God's intervention that gave hope to black slaves in the heart of our American South. Their songs, their writings, their groanings to the Lord for deliverance were all couched in the demands of Moses to Pharaoh: "Let my people go!" And before that, the forefathers and foremothers of our beloved country declared in their diaries and letters that their journey to the New World was an "errand into the wilderness", similar to the wanderings of the Hebrews in the desert.

In our present-day journey to heaven, we can do no better than to let these images of ancient Israel flow into our thoughts and prayers, our aspirations and longings. We are indeed travellers in a cultural and moral desert, and the Promised Land seems all the more an object of longing -- if only we can trust that life-giving water flows from the Rock and will sustain our weakness, and fight our battles until we reach the other shore.

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

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