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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 9, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Genesis 28:10-22a
Psalm 91:1-2, 3-4, 14-15ab
Matthew 9:18-26

A reflection on today's Scripture:

We see a stark contrast in the ability to believe in the power of God between the first reading and the Gospel of today. It is an opportunity to take a look at our own faith.

Faith is a gift, which can grow if we are open to that process and at times the gift will be tested. Our faith can diminish if we do not protect it, if we become lax. We can cherish the gift, and protect it by becoming informed and by frequently thanking God.

The two contrasts we see in faith are between absolute trust, as seen in the Gospel, and by setting up conditions under which one will believe.

In the first reading, which describes the dream of Jacob, he made a vow to God "that if God protected him, provided him with food and clothing and brought him safely back to his father, then he would accept and believe in God." (Genesis 28:10-22a)

The Gospel, by contrast, depicts the Roman official knowing that Christ can bring his daughter back to life, and the woman who had been bleeding for twelve years knowing that Christ could heal her. (Matthew 9:18-26) There is a marked difference between the two readings!

How would we describe our gift and practice of faith? Do we have absolute trust, or do we place conditions on God?

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS

Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Augustine Zhao Rong, priest and martyr

and his companions, martyrs

Lives of the saints:

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