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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 25, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Ruth 2:1-3, 8-11; 4:13-17
Psalm 128:1b-2, 3, 4, 5
Matthew 23:1-12

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Jesus warns His people in today’s Gospel to not fall into the trap that the Pharisees had fallen into and had become so consumed with their strict practice of religion that they failed to see the hypocrisy of their methods. This warning is applicable to us today.

I once worked with a woman who was very devout and active in her Order and the Church. She decided that she would structure her daily prayers to the point that she made a card for each day of the week. On these cards was a list of prayers she would say every day at certain times. She said all the prayers in the Liturgy of the Hours, a daily rosary, the chaplet of divine mercy and so forth. As she said them, she would check them off her card and her day was not complete until all the prayers were recited.

The result was almost disastrous. Her only focus became completing the check-offs on the list and not the relationship that prayer builds with our Lord. Her focus became the structure of religion and not the pure loving essence of it.

Her life seemed to fall in disarray until she sought guidance and counsel from her Order, abandoned her cards and entered back into loving prayer with Christ.

So, the lesson is this: Jesus wants a loving and personal relationship with us, focused on Him and nothing more.

- Don Claunch, SFO --
email: dlclaunch(at)bresnan(dot)net

Saturday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Joseph Calasanz, priest

St. Louis, king

Lives of the saints:

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