Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 31, A.D. 2005
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Scripture is so direct in letting us know how we are to live our day to day
lives as Christians. In the first reading, today, we see an example of one
person giving thanks to God for them and praying for them. Many people do
this for others when they are ill or under some significant stress, but we
see how we might do this at any time.
The gospel reading is the beautiful story of Jesus curing Simon's
mother-in-law of a fever. It is a very human, touching story. One can
almost feel the concern of the family in the days before modern medicine.
They humbly appealed to Christ for His assistance,which gave evidence of
their faith and hope.
It is particularly significant to note that even the Great Healer,
Christ, prayed both before and after He cured Simon's mother-in-law. When
He was first approached about her illness, He was coming out of the
synagogue. Once the healing had taken place and He spent some time with the
family, He again withdrew to a deserted place. We can never underestimate
the significance of prayer, otherwise we are giving glory only to ourselves,
a gesture that will fade with the first passing breeze.
"Thy will be done through me, O Lord"
Joan of Jesus, OCDS
(jmurphy at utica dot edu)
Lives of the saints:
Wednesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
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