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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 20, A.D. 2004


Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:

Micah 7:14-15, 18-20
Psalm 85:2-8
Matthew 12:46-50


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Each of us make up the spiritual body of Christ on earth. We are one body -- each contributing to the whole. In this way we're all brothers and sisters, part of Christ's spiritual family. It can be easy to forget this in our every day lives, where we're accustomed to building walls between ourselves and others. We create a sense of separation where really there isn't any separation; we're all one, but different expressions of the glory of God.

When we strive to win or come out ahead in our relationships with others at the expense of others -- we too lose. When we make someone feel deflated, discouraged, insecure, we are in effect damaging ourselves. When we see ourselves as totally separate from the world around us, then we're suffering from a false illusion.

Today, let's remember that we're all bound together in Christ. In that knowledge let us act in love to everyone we encounter today. When we help someone to win, we win!

- Cliodhna Doyle
(clia at cliadoyle dot com)

http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/

Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Apollinarius, bishop, martyr


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