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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 16, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Exodus 1:8-14, 22
Psalm 124:1b-3, 4-6, 7-8
Matthew 10:3411:1

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Sometimes people misunderstand what it means to be a Christian, a follower of Christ. More and more we see Christian churches without any semblance of a crucifix. We see only images of the risen Christ!

We hear of people expecting the pleasures of heaven on earth without the Good Friday. The Gospel of today reminds us otherwise. Christ points out to His followers that there is no half-way about being a disciple of His.

He states that the bond with Him must take priority over even the relationship we have with our family members. (This does not mean that we no longer love and care for them however.) It makes sense that He should come first, as He is our Creator.

The Gospel then goes on to reflect on the significance of our actions toward others. No kind act goes without its eventual reward, even giving a glass of cold water in His name.

Perhaps the Gospel could be summed up by the two great commandments, love of God and love of neighbor. That's it folks! We make our lives as Christians complicated, God doesn't! Keep it simple . . . and God will do the rest if we invite Him to do so!

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
-- email: jmurphy(at)utica(dot)edu

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