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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 15, A.D. 2004

Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:

Revelation 1:1-4; 2:1-5
Psalm 1:1-4,6
Luke 18:35-43

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"What do you want me to do for you?"

Let's join our Lord at the scene of today's Gospel. Jesus, His companions, you and I have been walking for some time toward Jericho. It's hot and all of us would very much like to get inside the walls for some shade and a cool drink. Beside the road sits a blind beggar. We can't avoid noticing his poverty, barely clothed in rags with a noticeable odor and filth. Some of our group scold the poor wretch for calling to the Lord. "How dare this lowly, filthy creature call upon the Son of God!" some say. (But you and I know our Lord is a servant. Remember, He told us that a few days ago.) "What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asks. And without hesitation He gives him his sight. The beggar leaps for joy, praising God. Someone in the back of the group strikes up a rousing song of praise in which we all join as we approach the gates to the city.

Jesus tells us that He did not come to be served but to serve. Service with no strings attached. We too are called to be servants, following Christ. Commit His words to memory: "What do you want me to do for you?" Use them often and follow His example. It will speed your journey toward the gates of His kingdom to the cool water and shade inside.

- Don Claunch

Lives of the saints:

Thirty-third week in Ordinary Time
St. Albert the Great, bishop, doctor of the Church

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