Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 26, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Exodus 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20b
Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it. (see Mt. 13:17)
I was running late for Holy Mass, and by the time I arrived, the church was already full. I took a seat in the back row, and to my regret, was unable to see much of the Mass.
When the time came for the consecration of the wine, I strained for a closer look as the priest lifted the gold chalice to Heaven to be changed into the saving Blood of Jesus. Since my view was entirely blocked, I closed my eyes and prayed. With all my heart, I asked Jesus to help me understand a little more of the mystery of this beautiful Sacrament.
While the priest elevated the chalice, I heard the Mass bells ring. I watched him lift the chalice up, understanding that one day there will no longer be a need for a chalice. The Precious Blood of Jesus will be with us and in us, forever.
Blessed be Jesus in the Holy Sacrifice of the Altar.
- Elizabeth Tichvon
Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Joachim and St. Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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