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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 7, A.D. 2004

Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Kings 17:1-6
Psalm 121:1-8
Matthew 5:1-12

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

The Beatitudes...
...according to our secular world now in the third millennium:

Blessed are the rich: they shall reign on earth.

Blessed are you if you never feel sorrow and compassion; you will accumulate more and more through your greed.

Blessed are the powerful; they will subdue the lowly and take what little they have.

Blessed are those who never thirst or hunger: they will never have to share in the pains of those less fortunate.

Blessed are those who show no mercy; they will be the captains of industry overseeing massive layoffs and cutbacks at the worker's expense.

Blessed are those who hate peace: they will reap fortunes in arms sales.

Blessed are those who persecute the holy ones; they will create a politically correct world.

Blessed are those who persecute, insult and slander the followers of Jesus Christ.

Rejoice! Your reward on earth will be great.

And this is exactly the problem with our secular world: it seeks reward here on earth. Jesus teaches us to store up rewards in heaven that never perish and that we will have for eternity. The world teaches us to store up treasures on earth that can perish overnight and send us to eternal death.

Which choice will we make today?

- Don Claunch, sfo


Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

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