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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 11, A.D. 2004


Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:

Galatians 4:22-24,26-27,31--5:1
Psalm 113:1-7
Luke 11:29-32


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

God's people have always been slaves. Slaves of Pharaoh. Slaves of the Chaldeans. Slaves of the Romans. But let's not forget that all of God's people have always been slave to the most terrible of masters: we have all been slaves to sin.

Sin, beginning with the original sin in the Garden of Eden, has enslaved all of us from nearly the beginning of creation. What a great gift God gave us in free will, only to watch us use it to place ourselves into slavery.

Oh, but our God is a loving God. He sent His Son to buy our freedom from the terrible slave master of sin. As a wonderful consequence we became slaves to Him who saved us - but what a wonderful slavery it is! As a slave of Christ we keep our free will, he does not punish us when we go astray, but welcomes us back with open arms. As a slave of Christ we receive eternal life, freely given, a gift of love.

Take a moment today and reflect on your life. Have you once again become a slave of sin? If so, ask God's forgiveness and guidance. He will lovingly put you back on the right track and welcome you back into His heavenly kingdom.

- Don Claunch, SFO

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

Monday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time


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