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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 20, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Judges 2:11-19
Psalm 106:34-35, 36-37, 39-40, 43ab and 44
Matthew 19:16-22

A reflection on today's Scripture:

This gospel is one that most of us can relate to and have heard many times.

You say the gospel of the "rich young man" and people know what you are talking about. We remember it because it touches a "nerve," a spot in us that continues to need healing. Is it fair to say that most of us have a part of us that we have not given over to the Lord for one reason or another?

Why don't we let go to Christ, Love personified? Are we afraid of what He might ask of us? Do we want to hang onto some part of our daily lives for a selfish reason? Is our faith weak and we need assurance? Have we had a bad experience and haven't yet healed from it?

The reasons could be endless; but whatever they might be, it is a huge opportunity missed!

Let us not be like the young man who turned away, unable to follow the Lord totally!

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

Monday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Bernard, abbot and doctor of the Church

Lives of the saints:

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