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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 2, A.D. 2001

Exodus 40:16-21,34-38
Psalm 84:3-6,8,11
Matthew 13:47-53

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Today we read about the parable of the fish net which reminds us that the coming of the Kingdom will include the final judgment in which the good and bad will be separated and receive their fitting reward or punishment. Jesus went about teaching the will of God in parables. He encouraged the people when He told them every scribe who is learned in the reign of God is like the head of a household who can bring in from his storeroom both the new and the old. (Mt13:52) The challenge to the scribe is not lost on us today. Those who prayerfully desire to know and obey the will of God, guided by the Holy Spirit have no need to fear the final judgment. We have the gifts of wisdom and discernment to help us determine the many new and old things that we encounter each day, just as the scribe had to know what to cherish and use, and what to throw away.

The question becomes not "old is good" or "new is bad" but, what will lead us to holiness, love of God and the building up of our Church in this world of ours!

O Lord Mighty God,
How lovely is your dwelling place. (Psalm 84)

- Deacon Bill Powers
(Diocese of Rockville Centre) (uujpow@aol.com)

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