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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

September 19, A.D. 2004

Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:

Amos 8:4-7
Psalm 113:1-2,4-8
1 Timothy 2:1-8
Luke 16:1-13

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Over and over again Jesus tries to instruct His followers about the necessity of putting things into proper perspective. Unlike the Scribes and Pharisees who seem to show disdain for the normal and noble enterprises of men, Jesus instead illustrates how hard work and creativeness are gifts that can be actuated in pursuit of everlasting life. He does this by telling the story of the enterprising, though devious manager.

It is a story that helps me to remember that I'm both body and spirit, and that though these entities war against one another for predominance, it is possible to tame the desires of the flesh to make the body become a faithful servant of the spirit. It isn't easy or automatic, but requires like all things that are worthwhile - making a choice and then investing in it.

Let us then turn to the Lord to assist us in our daily choices being mindful that we've been entrusted with more than just immediate and corporeal needs.

May we be trustworthy in small matters, as a "dry run" so to speak, for those matters that affect our eternal well-being and salvation.

- Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
(drn3rd at hotmail dot com)


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