Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 8, A.D. 2005
Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
In today's First Reading from Deuteronomy Moses asks the people
what the Lord expects from them. It is a question we too seem to
ask. Frequently however, it is not because we want to do what is
most pleasing to the Lord, but what will give us a greater temporal
advantage, more comfort and happiness. Is it any wonder then that
we seldom get an answer from the Lord.
Like many, I have often spent more time and energy on matters of
every day life then on those that determine my spiritual well being.
Though it is important to make "good" life decisions, gaining eternal
life (which is ultimately more important), it is not a matter of deciding
what house to buy or what job offer to take, but of following exactly
what God has commanded of us.
Unlike the path to worldly success, the path to eternal life has been
mapped out for us, it is not a mystery or a matter of choosing things
that seem mutually equal. It is far more cut and dry, a matter of life
Unfortunately we can become anesthetized to what is good vs what
is evil -- what promotes life or degrades it. That is why we need a
vibrant prayer life and faithful participation in all that the Church
teaches. Let us then listen to the words of Holy Scripture which
daily and with far more accuracy than the weather forecasts or
predictions of "wise" pundits, help us decide where things are
at or where they are going.
"Your Word, Lord, is a lamp to my feet."
- Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
(drn3rd at hotmail dot com)
Lives of the saints:
Monday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Dominic, priest and religious
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