Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 12, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Genesis 44:18-21, 23b-29; 45:1-5
Psalm 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21
A reflection on today's Scripture:
The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand. (Matthew 10:7)
Today's readings challenge us to go to the root of our beings and look for the obstacles within ourselves that keep us separated from God—the things that prevent us from expressing our love for God with a child's openness and trust.
God wants to heal us from anything that inhibits us from completely surrendering to His loving care. This may be sin, fear, resentment, guilt, pride or some other restriction that prevents us from living the kind of life that God wills for us. That prevents a deep and lasting freedom that comes from a closer union with God. An ever-deepening acceptance of God's unconditional love is what gives us the courage we need to overcome these obstacles.
Today's readings invite us to take a pilgrimage into the depths of our self, past the illusions we have mistaken for reality and the dark shadows that have held us captive.
We are not alone in this journey of discovery. And as we travel, we are promised through the transforming power of the resurrection—hope and faith—joy and peace—love and abundance—as we abandon the heavy burdens that we carry through life and surrender all to God.
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