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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 23, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Exodus 14:5-18
Exodus 15:1bc-2, 3-4, 5-6
Matthew 12:38-42

A reflection on today's Scripture:

This is a good Gospel to read once in awhile, as many of us feel a need for a boost in our faith at times.

The Gospel speaks about the seeking of signs to affirm our beliefs. The scribes and Pharisees had been asking Jesus for signs. Jesus gave them a powerful retort: "An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign." (see Matthew 12:39)

Given that we tend to be a very materialistic people, it comes naturally that we ask for tangible proof. This was true even with the apostles, in that Thomas would not believe that Christ had risen from the dead and appeared to them until he could place his hands at the site of the nails in Christ's hands.

Once we have tangible signs there is no faith, as faith is believing in that which we cannot see.

Sometimes, people will travel great distances seeking tangible proof of faith at some unknown site of a vision, and yet will not appreciate the holy Presence of Christ in the tabernacle at their own parish church!

This should help us to realize that faith is a gift! Let us thank God every day for the gift of faith that we have been given! Let's not throw it away by seeking strange signs and wonders!

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

Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Bridget of Sweden, religious

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