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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 23, A.D. 2004

Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:

2 Thessalonians 1:1-5,11-12
Psalm 96:16-5
Matthew 23:13-22

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

In today's Gospel we hear the Lord giving it to the Pharisees once again.
Even a quick reading of the Gospels shows how critical He was of them. The question is, why?

The answer is simple, really. The Pharisees were concerned only with what happened on the outside such as displaying their fasting, showing off their thorough knowledge of the law and repeating many prayers in public. They left the inside totally ignored.

I, too could easily be a Pharisee. I can genuflect, bless myself with holy water, say the hours and the rosary by heart. Good things, yes, but meaningless if I have nothing inside.

This "inside" is what the Apostle Paul meant when he said:

If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.

It is what is inside a person - love - that matters to our Lord. Without love, all the rest is -nothing.

- Don Claunch, SFO


Monday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time St. Rose of Lima, virgin

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