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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 17, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Joshua 24:1-13
Psalm 136:1-3, 16-18, 21-22 and 24
Matthew 19:3-12

A reflection on today's Scripture:

His mercy endures forever!

These are just a few short words from today's Responsorial Psalm, but they contain a world of information that should bring us great joy.

The love of God is manifested for us mortals in the form of mercy which can be thought of as forgiveness, accommodation, adaptation. The fact that it endures indicates to us that God's mercy is not necessarily something we deserve. The final word, forever, is a word that our human nature cannot fully grasp and yet it tells us the most, namely that His mercy not only endures, but is everlasting.

Often, as I look around at things in our world I'm most struck by how things deteriorate over time. They don't stay brand new and shiny as we might like. Cars rust, pens run out of ink or we lose them, the paint on houses peels. Sometimes, even what was thought to be durable, crumbles and gives way to weather.

So when we think of something that is as good as God's enduring mercy and that it lasts forever, what a truly wonderful thing that is!

A bookmark of St. Teresa of Jesus reminds us that God alone never changes and that He alone suffices. These words help us not to be disappointed in the changing nature of things, circumstances and even relationships and instead to accept change as inevitable except where God is concerned.

Isn't it nice to have something or Someone to count on?

His mercy endures forever!

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

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