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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 3, A.D. 2001

Leviticus 23:1,4-11,15-16,27,34b-37
Psalm 81:3-6,10-11
Matthew 13:54-58

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Sometimes in the mundaneness of daily life, we forget that God's power and grace is with us in abundance. As people of faith, very often we look for dramatic or miraculous events to validate our faith in God. We remove God from our everyday humanity and elevate Him to outside our ordinary daily experiences.

This was the difficulty of the people in Jesus' home town. They knew Jesus as the son of a carpenter, as the nephew of friends and couldn't reconcile this perception of Him with the prophetic words of wisdom He spoke. It would have been easier for the community to accept the words of a distant stranger of which they had no previous experience than to accept this man who they had seen grow up in their midst.

I think there's a lesson for all of us here on how we need to reconcile the Divine with our everyday humanity. I recently read a nice quote (I cannot remember exactly where), but it went like this: 'We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, but spiritual beings having a human experience'. Put in this context, even the littlest tasks that we undertake during the day have significance if we are guided by the Holy Spirit. If we let the Holy Spirit infuse our daily ordinary lives, we grow in holiness and stay firm on the path of eternal life.

- Cliodhna Doyle (Cliodhna Doyle@oceanfree.net)

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