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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 31, A.D. 2001

Exodus 33:7-11;34:5b-9,28
Psalm 103:6-13
Matthew 13:35-43

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

In today's Gospel reading we hear Jesus say something that too often I think we forget: namely, that sin is never a private act. As much as the evil one wants to delude us into believing that a sinful act is our own personal business and really doesn't affect anyone. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Sin by its very nature affects everyone who comes in contact with our sinfulness and even those who we may never see or know us; for in failing to live God's commandments, we diminish the kingdom of God. With this awareness, it's not hard to see that the evil of our time is an accumulative result of the sins of many, a sometimes slow but insidious, eroding, and corrupting process.

The consequences our sinfulness is so far reaching that if we stop to comprehend it, we will see not only our every action in the light of all eternity, but will recognize that what we do, can affect the salvation of others. Every act of greedy self-centeredness, every failure to proclaim the truth, every act of careless irreverence, gives witness to the evil one instead of proclaiming the glory, power and authority of God.

Loving and merciful Lord, forgive me not only the immediate consequences of my sinfulness, but those that I may never know. Let your Divine mercy and love and the example of your Beloved Son cover the bad example that I have given others and with your grace let me realize that all my actions are accountable not only in the light of my own salvation, but in that of the world.

- Donna Raye Nelson, ocds (1995)

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