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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 27, A.D. 2004

Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:

Jeremiah 14:17-22
Psalm 79:8, 9, 11, 13
Matthew 13:36-43

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Sometimes in life things are so clear that you don't need to become philosophical or complicated about them. The readings for today are that clear.

The first reading is like reading an article from today's daily newspaper. There is great sadness among the people over wars, hunger and poverty. The people question God on why this is happening, and then recall the sins of the past. They challenge God in prayer that He not break His covenant with them.

The response to this in the Gospel reading is very direct. Christ reminds His children to be good, that we are the "good seeds", but that those who sin, or cause others to sin, are the "bad seeds" and will, in time, be collected by His angels and perish for all eternity. How much more direct could He be? To elaborate on this message only seems to delete its strength.

"For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us." (Psalm 79)
- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
(jmurphy at utica dot edu)


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