Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 11, A.D. 2005
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
In today's Gospel we hear Jesus speak about the tremendous cost of discipleship.
When you hear the words He speaks it might be enough for some to think,
"Why bother, what sense is there in that?Ē It isnít a careless question or, one
that is associated just with great and hardened self-centered sinners, but one
that I am certain many of us have had cross our mind.
Why bother indeed? That is a question of a a thinking, pragmatic person and
it requires a thoughtful and equally pragmatic answer. The trouble is the
answer makes no sense unless there is more to life than what we normally
perceive. It is entirely a matter of grace and acceptance of grace to see
beyond this life to life everlasting.
After all, without grace we would not even be able to appreciate the things
of this world which are signs of God's loving concern; and what is more, we
would have no reason to believe that God has even more in store for us
than we could ever imagine.
Let us then just simply and humbly ask God for the grace daily to be a
worthy disciple, to put everything else that concerns us in perspective and
grant us faith to see beyond what is apparent and be willing to take up our
cross daily to follow Him.
- Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
(drn3rd at hotmail dot com)
Lives of the saints:
Monday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Benedict, abbot
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