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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 20, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Exodus 11:1012:14
Psalm 116:12-13, 15 and 16bc, 17-18
Matthew 12:1-8

A reflection on today's Scripture:

In today's First Reading we hear the story of the Passover.

It is familiar and recounted several times during the Church's calendar year. One particular passage says that the Lord made the Egyptians so obstinate that they would not let the Israelites go.

I have wondered about this passage thinking it had to mean more than just what seems to be said. Did the Lord actually make the Egyptians obstinate, to use them to fulfill His plan? Didn't they have any input in the matter?

Our understanding of God and His desire that all would have sufficient grace for salvation leads us to the fact that we must realize that it's only through the exercise of their own free will that the Egyptians were obstinate.

This point is important to emphasize, or else we might think that God is moving people around like pieces on a chess board. What He does instead, is bring us to the board and gives us an opportunity to play!

The moves are up to us!

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

Friday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Apollinaris, bishop and martyr

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