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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 22, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

2 Corinthians 11:18, 21-30
Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Matthew 6:19-23

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Have you ever experienced a situation when you knew God rescued or saved you?

When a soul knows that God has been at work and has had a palpable experience of Him, it is easy and almost spontaneous to glorify and give Him praise. What though of the many times when God does not seem to be present and does not seem willing to intervene on our behalf? Does the soul still give Him praise and exalt His inexplicable wisdom or does it moan and doubt that God exists or perhaps worse, that He doesn't care?

In today's responsorial psalm, the psalmist prays, "Bless the Lord at all times" and invites us to "Glorify the Lord with him, and together we shall extol His name."

These ancient words give us a formula for praise in our own time. They encourage us to bless the Lord always and they invite us to remind others to do likewise.

It isn't difficult if we think about it. For example, instead of saying to someone, "Wow, you were lucky," how much more appropriate it would be if we said, "Wow, you were blessed!"

It seems like such a small thing, but it serves as a significant reminder of Who saves and rescues us, where our blessings come from and the obligation we have to give Him rightful and endless praise.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.

Glorify the LORD with me,
let us together extol his name.

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

Friday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

St. Paulinus of Nola, bishop

St. John Fisher, bishop and martyr

St. Thomas More, martyr

Lives of the saints:

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