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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 13, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Genesis 46:1-7, 28-30
Psalm 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40
Matthew 10:16-23

A reflection on today's Scripture:

In today's Gospel Jesus tells His apostles that He is sending them like sheep in the midst of wolves. He says, "So be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves."

What does Jesus mean? What kind of behavior comes to your mind by the images created for us by Jesus' words? How is a serpent shrewd, a dove simple?

Tonight I watched a Mourning Dove at our bird feeder. He didn't make a big deal about being there; I heard no sounds and he wasn't upsetting the other birds nor did they seem to bother him. Simple as a dove.

But, on the other hand we have serpents (snakes)--even the word upsets me. In our house we sometimes don't even say the word, but instead we merely say the "s---- word" to refer to them, so powerful is their effect on me. Shrewd as a serpent!

In real human terms I think Jesus is saying that we should use what we have been given to its best advantage, that is, for proclaiming the Kingdom of God and saving one's soul.

"When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say. For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you." (Matthew 10:19-20)

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

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