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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 15, A.D. 2005

2 Corinthians 9: 6-11
Psalm 112 : 1bc-2, 3-4, 9
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Scripture is so directive at times, a gentle source of guidance.

In the readings of today we're guided about our efforts in building up the kingdom, in ourselves and others. It's said that we'll 'reap' in proportion to our generosity with others. There's no mention of spiritual 'couch potatoes' in scripture, except this phrase in reference to our rewards. That places the responsibilty for action on our own shoulders. Scripture quickly follows up by adding that God's grace will be sufficient for us. Sometimes we confuse that statement to mean that God's grace will make everything easy for us. That is not necessarily true. As evidence of this, just think of Christ on the cross.

This process of responding to God's graces can be enjoyable as well. At various points in our life we might assess our God-given talents and evaluate how we might best use them for others. If we're open to the Holy Spirit, we'll not have to wonder about this for very long. God won't leave us on the sidelines. There is much to be done, and as scripture concludes: God loves a cheerful giver.

Joan of Jesus, OCDS

Lives of the saints:

Wednesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

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