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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 1, A.D. 2001

Exodus 34:29-35
Psalm 99:5-7,9
Matthew 13:44-46


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

In today's First Reading we hear how Moses' face became radiant after conversing with God on Mount Sinai. Although Moses was unaware that anything like that happened, those who saw him knew that something extraordinary had occurred. The same might be said of anyone who has a true encounter with the holiness of God - they will be transformed, different, changed.

The Jews concept of holiness was so profound that for them to see the holiness of God reflected in Moses was frightening. In many respects we do not have an adequate appreciation of holiness, but instead interact with familiarity and indeed sometimes lack of sufficient reverence for things holy. Jesus has made His Father so known and so present to us that we dare call Him "Our Father."

Let us not allow this great privilege to make us careless, but instead inspire in us the desire to give fitting witness to the holiness we have encountered through Christ, in His Word, His Church, His Sacraments. This doesn't mean we "glow in the dark" as some jokingly say, but that we reflect what we have seen, touched, felt, heard and have come to believe through faith.

- Donna Raye Nelson, ocds

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St. Alphonsus Liguori

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Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:
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