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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 25, A.D. 2005

Genesis 18:1-5
Luke 1:46-50,53-55
Matthew 8:5-7

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Today we are invited to consider the unexpected ways in which the Lord works in our lives. We can never really anticipate these ways, since His ways are not our ways. Perhaps our thoughts will focus on the continuous Presence of God in which our existence is suspended. God is always thinking of us, caring for us, holding us in being. So much of the time, we remain unaware or insensitive to His operations. No wonder, then, that suddenly an agent of the Divine, an Angel, should appear at Abraham and Sarai's tent. And it really is not surprising that Sarai should have laughed!

And consider the healing power of Jesus in the two miracles narrated in today's Gospel. One, a Jewish woman, we would expect, but the son of a pagan centurion we would not expect. No wonder this gentile addresses Jesus as "Sir", just as Abraham addresses the Angel as "Sir". We need always to be respectful of God and of His messengers who bring healing through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. How often do we have recourse to this marvelous channel of grace?

While God's intervention in our lives may not be so dramatic as those narrated today, God's grace is nevertheless working miracles of protection, direction, and life-giving grace even as we consider these thoughts.

How amazing and how wonderful is our God!

Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(smartins at frontiernet dot net)

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