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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 29, A.D. 2007


Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Thessalonians 2:9-1
Psalm 139:7-8, 9-10, 11-12ab
Mark 6:17-29





A reflection on today's Scripture:

Yet He Liked to Listen to Him. (see Mark 6:20)

When King Herod heard St. John the Baptist speak, he was very much perplexed. Despite his perplexity, he liked to hear the words of John the Baptist.

This is the way the Holy Spirit works on each of us. He leads us by ways we know not, to places we have not even dreamed of. We find this liking or that liking, or this dislike, or that preference, taking us to the places and the paths the Lord has prepared for us. All the while the Lord is calling to us. We may be perplexed, we may not understand, but if we listen closely there will be peace and joy.

Herod liked to hear John speak, but he did not pay enough attention. Had he done so, he would have known the questions to ask, he would have known the path to take to find his way home. But Herod was a lost soul, sacrificing the pleasure of John's speech for the pleasures of lust. By doing so, he missed out on one of the great and eternal pleasures--fellowship and intimacy with God--the beginnings of Heaven on Earth.

- JuandelaCruz -
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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Martyrdom of Saint John the Baptist



















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