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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 27, A.D. 2001

Exodus 20:1-17
Psalm 19:8-11
Matthew 13:18-23

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

All of us are probably very familiar with the Ten Commandments as outlined in the reading from Exodus. It is curious however, that they are preceeded by the statement...."I am the Lord thy God, mighty, jealous...." (Exodus 20:5) Our God is a jealous God...wanting us to turn to Him always with love...and thus He outlines how we can do so ...in the Commandments.

In the Gospel message about the good seed falling on different types of ground we are challenged....to keep ourselves ready, open and prepared to receive the Word and the graces of God. We are to be the "good ground" so that the harvest we reap can help others. Obeying the Ten Commandments serves to prepare the "ground" for the good seed. Let us remember however that "the land is brought to flower not with human tears, but with those of the Son of God." (Divine Office for 7/18/01).

- Joan of Jesus, ocds

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