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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 13, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Deuteronomy 10:12-22
Psalm 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20
Matthew 17:22-27

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Sometimes the reading of scripture is not enough. One would love to see the face of the person speaking. Today's readings are a good example.

In the first reading we hear a lengthy description of the powers of God and our good fortune to be chosen and loved by God. There is a feeling of expansiveness and wonder in the reading.

The gospel brings things down to our reality. Jesus tells the apostles that men will "kill" Him, (His exact word). He did not soften the message, and of course they grieved.

We then hear the discussion about collecting money for taxes. In that conversation Jesus goes from describing Himself as the "Son of Man" who will be killed, to asking that the apostle go fishing and that the first fish He catches will have a coin in its mouth. This is when it would have been interesting to see the face of Christ!

Was He full of jest, with a twinkle in His eye, as He proved again His powers as the Son of God? And was He serious, and using the occasion to place emphasis on His free choice to die on the Cross for our Salvation?

In any case, His nature as Son of God was also emphasized. Some things we can never know, but we do know we are more than blessed to have been chosen by God and saved by Him.

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

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