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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 8, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Tobit 11:5-17

Psalm 146:1b-2, 6c-7, 8-9a, 9bc-10
Mark 12:35-37

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Oh my goodness, what are we to do when we can't understand in the slightest, what the words of Holy Scripture are saying? Are we to try and seek out it's meaning by reading and studying different Biblical commentaries or are we just to let things be as they are and calmly allow that God will give wisdom and understanding if and when it is necessary?

For the most part the latter seems more appropriate because certainly understanding the Word of God shouldn't have to depend on having proper resources like commentaries, scriptural study or experience, but more on God's manifold grace. Even when study, experience and resources are part of the equation for understanding, we must remember that they too, are gifts from God.

Let us then, at all times, do what we can by giving our best efforts in all our activities and endeavors, not for their own sake or our self-satisfaction and knowledge, but for the glory of God and the good of all mankind! This requires first and foremost reliance on God and docility and courage to do whatever the Holy Spirit inspires.

With regard to today's Gospel, I confess, I didn't know what to begin to write. I could, perhaps, have focused on the First Reading from Tobit, or the Responsorial Psalm, but instead seemed led to share some of the difficulties that arise when we read Holy Scripture. May they not be obstacles, but occasions to depend less on ourselves and more on God.

- Donna Nelson, OCDS
(drn3rd at hughes dot net)

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