Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 2, A.D. 2005
Psalm 51:3-7, 12-13
Matthew 15:1-2, 10-14
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
I sometimes wonder if the Pharisees ever had time for real prayer, the kind
where a soul becomes totally enveloped in the Fatheršs love. It is during
those times that we find what is deep within us, what really has the
potential to defile us. It is during those times that we allow God to come
into us and make us whole through his infinite grace and love.
As Jesus teaches us today, it is not what goes into our mouths that defiles
us, but what comes out. They are the things deep within us that can lead us
to sin, to hypocrisy and trouble. We must be constantly diligent of what is
going on in our hearts to weed out these things and cleanse our souls.
The Lord is there for us. He is the one who can help us throw out those
things that tempt us, those things that wait for us to become weak and allow
them out. He alone can heal us of all things.
Ritual is important; there is no doubt about this. But ritual without
prayer and deep communion with Him is all white wash and not worth the time
spent on it. Now is the time to get rid of the Pharisee within, and allow
Jesus in to heal us with His infinite love.
- Don Claunch, SFO
(dlclaunch at bresnan dot net)
Lives of the saints:
Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Peter Julian Eymard
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