Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 29, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 6-7, 7-8
A reflection on today's Scripture:
I remember a student from Italy who attended Wadhams Hall Seminary in Ogdensburg, NY, many years ago. He was quite unaccustomed to the ways of Americans. When he tried to bargain over the price of a comb at the local pharmacy, the manager almost threw him out! Americans aren't as used to bargaining over small purchases as Europeans are.
God seems to encourage bargaining in today's First Reading. Abraham is disturbed when he learns that the Lord plans to destroy the evil city of Sodom. After all, he knows that his nephew Lot and his wife have not given in to the sinful deeds of their neighbors. He succeeds in getting God to spare the city "for the sake of ten just men!"
Jesus not only allows us to bargain with God, He actively encourages us to do so. After teaching His apostles how to pray in the beautiful words we know as the Lord's Prayer, He urges His followers not to give up if at first the Father doesn't seem to be listening. To paraphrase, He says, "Don't give up, keep knocking! Do you think my Father would refuse anything to His children?"
It's an important lesson that we often forget!
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore --
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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