Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 1, A.D. 2005
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Today's Reading and Gospel illustrate some very important points for us to
examine. First of all, as in the Reading from Number's, we see how Moses
when faced with the difficult Israelites, asks God to let him die so that he
won't have to put up with them any more. It is a familiar theme; God gives
us a task that becomes more like a cross and we ask Him to do it and carry
it Himself. We fail to recognize the privilege we have received in having
been called to participate in God's plan for salvation. Flattered at first
we often fail in time, to remember that it is God who will provide us with
the strength and grace to accomplish it.
Jesus demonstrates this in the Gospel when He encourages the disciples to do
what seems impossible by man's standards - to feed the huge crowd with only
"five loaves and a couple of fish." What Jesus says is very important,
"bring them here," and in so doing they find access to divine intervention
and have more left over than anyone could imagine.
The lesson for us is to turn to God when we are weary and then to cooperate
with Him as He patiently and lovingly shows us the way He has chosen. It is
not always an easy thing for we are used to coming up with our own solutions
and less inclined to be sensitive to God's. We will however get better at it
if daily prayer and frequent reception of the Sacraments of Eucharist and
Reconciliation are what we depend on for direction and wisdom.
- Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
(drn3rd at hotmail dot com)
Lives of the saints:
Monday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Alphonsus Liguori, bishop and doctor of the Church
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