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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 22, A.D. 2006

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Revelation 4:1-11
Psalm 150:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6
Luke 19:11-28

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Today’s scripture and Psalm can be summed up in one word: praise! We find in hearing today’s Word, full spectrum of praise for our God. We begin with John’s vision from Revelation and the praise around the heavenly throne. Then, in the psalm it seems we can actually hear the rousing praise springing forth from the instruments. Finally, Luke gives us a parable where the king gives control of his wealth to others, who do him honor and praise by bringing him a sound return. The scripture shows us that there are many, almost countless ways to praise God.

This is true when we look at the saints and holy people through history. St. Francis praised God through his poverty and love of the downtrodden. Fr. Solanus Casey brought praise through his humble work as a doorman in his friary. Brother Lawrence praised the Lord in his washing pots in his community. Mother Teresa praised the Lord she found in all the poor in India she attended to. The Apostles gave praise through the miracles they did in His name. And the list goes on and on…

There is simply no end to the way we can praise our Lord. While we may not be given riches by a king to manage, or given the gift to perform miracles, we can still offer praise in the small task of washing pots and pans. We can certainly help with the poor, sick, aged and all creatures, and we can sing, bang a drum or play the flute to praise our Lord. We all have the ability--it is just necessary for us to use it.

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

Wednesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

St. Cecilia, virgin and martyr

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