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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 14, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Deuteronomy 31:1-8
Deuteronomy 32:3-4, 7-9, 12
Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Unless you turn and become like children,
you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. (see Matthew 18:3)

The world lauds the talented, rich and beautiful, since they possess qualities many secretly covet and envy. However, there is a danger in being "gifted," for these often develop a sense of superiority; therefore the world delights in hearing of or plotting their downfall. God raises up those the world sees as underlings, those prone to humility, more open to Him and eager for His help, wisdom and strength in facing and overcoming life's problems.

The readings from Deuteronomy stress that while the odds seemed against the weaker Israelites, their reliance on God's power would enable them to defeat their enemies, and so acquire their promised land. However, they also foretell that their victory would result in their separating themselves from God's loving power through pride and disobedience. Then and now, "drunk with success" we easily forget the Source of all the "good" we enjoy.

The latter situation relates to Christ's analogy of man's relationship to God. Jesus likens man to a child, the most dependent and helpless creature on earth. Children should recognize that their existence, all their physical and emotional needs depend upon their parents' love for them.

This same parent-child relationship between God and man should not offend us but fill us with joy; for we are in the hands of a perfect and benevolent God, a loving parent who will never fail nor desert us.

Our greatest stumbling block is the sin of pride. We won't admit that God who gave us form and life can best guide us on the path to becoming fully human, living in and reflecting His goodness and glory on earth.

O Almighty God,
You chose a loving, humble, trusting and obedient virgin to bear our Savior into this world.
Help us emulate her, and in our own flesh to make Him present in this world.

- Marie Bocko, OCDS --
email: mlbocko(at)earthlink(dot)net

Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, priest, religious and martyr

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