Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 9, A.D. 2005
Genesis 49:29-33; 50:15-24
Psalm 105:1-4, 6-7
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
The stories of the Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, are stories
of faith and perseverance, loyalty and bravery, but they are contain much
of human sin and weakness -- stories of treachery and murder, deceit
and jealousy. Scripture does not hide the truth of human nature. We
marvel at God's patience and forgiveness. At the same time, we are
comforted with that side of God. How many times has He forgiven you
and me for betrayal of trust, and failures in our love and loyalty? Even
as we bewail our sins, and recognize the evil in them, we give praise
to God for using even sin for the furtherance of his purposes.
In the Gospel, Jesus is quite blunt with his disciples. They will suffer even
as He will suffer. He tells them to expect misunderstanding and opposition.
But so too can they expect an eternal life of joy with Him. We must not be
dejected at this Gospel, but find consolation that Jesus sees our pain and
frustration, and places us among His friends. He will give us strength, and
always be there to pick us up and encourage us.
Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(smartins at frontiernet dot net)
Lives of the saints:
Saturday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary time
St. Augustine Zhao Rong, priest, and companions, martyrs
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