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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

September 13, A.D. 2005


1 Timothy 3:1-13
Psalm 101:1-3, 5-6
Luke 7:11-17



A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

In todayıs Gospel Reading we get a quick snapshot of what our Lordıs ministry was all about. Letıs take a closer look....

It must have been a real surprise to the onlookers when they saw Jesus approach and actually touch the coffin. His action made the coffin bearers stop, probably because they were shocked at what he did. The religious laws addressed contact with a corpse and the religious leaders would certainly have been disgusted by His actions. Contact with a corpse made one unclean. It is interesting that Jesus adhered to much of the law, but at times ignored points of it when they conflicted with his mission.

Jesus came to bring life, which He does in todayıs reading by actually restoring life to a dead man. Since life was so central to His message, He deliberately disregarded a part of the law to bring life. Having pity, He told the manıs mother not to weep, bringing her comfort and reassurance that all would be well. Our God brings life, has pity on those who are suffering and puts the law in its rightful place.

Jesus continues to bring life today. His ministry lives on in us, and in the teachings of His Church. He continues to show mercy to those who suffer. He restores what was lost. This is our Lord, a loving and life-giving God!

- Don Claunch, SFO
(dlclaunch at bresnan dot net)

Lives of the saints:
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Tuesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

St. John Chrysostom


















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