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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

September 28, A.D. 2006

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Ecclesiastes 1:2-11
Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14 and 17bc
Matthew 9:7-9

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

The ending of the gospel for today is interesting. Reference is made to Herod being concerned about Jesus, as to who He really was. Then the reading concludes by saying that Herod kept trying to see Jesus.

We might ask ourselves the questions, "Why did Herod want to see Him?" and "Where did he look for Him?"

We might also ask ourselves why we want to seek Christ. If we do, is it for understanding, consolation, healing, love, reparation, etc.? Just why do we want Him?

And the second question is, where do we look for Him? Do we seek Him only in a church, the Blessed Sacrament, in others, in ourselves, in scripture, in the media? We are reminded that Jesus said whenever we do a charitable work for the "least of my brothers, you do it for Me." If we are not finding Jesus as much as we would like, maybe it is because we are looking for Him in the wrong places.

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
(jmurphy at utica dot edu)

Thursday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Lawrence Ruiz and companions, martyrs

Lives of the saints:

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