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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 22, A.D. 2004

Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:

2 Kings 19:9-11,14-21,31-36
Psalm 48
Matthew 7:6,12-14

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Today's Scripture reminds us that the gate to damnation is wide, the road is easy and many choose to travel it. Conversely we're told that we should enter the narrow gate if we expect to gain true happiness. All of this is prefaced by the admonition to treat others as we would have them treat us.

How interesting that we observe so often all the opposite behavior out there in the cruel, cruel world. Yet, we're frequently reminded by Jesus himself, that he who denies himself and takes up the Cross will gain life everlasting.

That sure sounds to me like a lot of hard and laborious work. Yet, I've never heard of a glum saint. I had noticed how much Mother Theresa, burdened as she was by so much sorrow, still radiated joy and cheerfulness - a great hope in the resurrected and loving Jesus.

If we are sad and disappointed with the way life treats us, perhaps it's a sign that we're keeping too much to ourselves and aren't giving enough of our gifts to others. The happiest people I know are those who have given everything to help others.

- Joachim


Tuesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
Sts. John Fisher, bishop, martyr and Thomas More, martyr
St. Paulinus of Nola, bishop

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