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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 7, A.D. 2004

Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:

2 Maccabees 7:1-2,9-14 Psalm 17:1,5-6,8,15 2 Thessalonians 2:16--3:5 Luke 20:27-38

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

In today's First Reading and in the Gospel we see Scriptural reference to the reality of life after death. Belief in an afterlife provides us with a meaningful rational for our present behavior and actions. Without such beliefs we're unaware that the consequences of our decisions, though often serious, go beyond being just temporal. When, however, we consider our actions in light of eternity, human relationships with all the intrinsic suffering that they embrace, take on an entirely different dimension: an eternal one.

In our present culture which is so accustomed to instant gratification and the avoidance of anything difficult, suffering in order to obtain eternal life seems ludicrous - unless - we have been graced to know and believe.

Let us pray that God will help us to assess everything in light of eternity and do everything so as to one day enjoy everlasting life in His presence. And as St. Paul says in the Second Reading: "May the Lord rule your hearts in the love of God and the constancy of Christ."

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

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