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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 27, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Exodus 20:1-17
Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11
Matthew 13:18-23

A reflection on today's Scripture:

The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. (Psalm 19:8)

Today's readings from Sacred Scripture remind us what the Law of the Lord commands. In addition, they outline for us, not only the negative consequences of not following the Law, but also the positive benefits as well.

The positive benefits are often lumped altogether? and identified as our final goal—heaven! While that is certainly true, there are many other immediate effects that are worth remembering.

The Responsorial Psalm outlines them for us so nicely in words that can become for us somewhat of a mantra for our lives. Let us consider just one verse:

"The Law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul."

I love it when I ask my husband how a a particular task of his day worked out and he says, "Perfect!" Don't you love that word too and all the good that perfection connotes?

And, how often have you longed for refreshment, to feel rejuvenated and ready to joyfully execute anything demanded of you? That is, we are told, what obedience to the Lord provides—incomprehensible refreshment.

The Law of the Lord is not meant to be a burden, unduly difficult or beyond our grasp.

"The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul."

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

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