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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 11, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 11:21b-26; 13:1-3
Psalm 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4, 5-6
Matthew 5:1-12

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

How common is it today that when you get a group of practicing Christians together for a visit they eventually start bemoaning the terrible times we are experiencing with the culture of the day? The gospel of today shows another way to approach these perceived problems.

Today's gospel is the beautiful depiction of Christ being totally radical, as He delivered the message of the Beatitudes. Everything He said was totally counter culture! What was His appraoch? Did He stand and rant and rave ? Did He point accusatory fingers and threaten people? No, Christ went up the mountain, sat down with the people and gently began to teach them.

Maybe a good part of the problem with our culture today is that no one ever formed people to live a Christian life! Maybe it's up to us to follow the example of Christ and start, or continue to form and inform others by our example and our formal teaching.

We need to recall that for many people we are the only book they will ever read!

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS

Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Barnabas, apostle

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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