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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

September 19, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Timothy 3:14-16
Psalm 111:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Luke 7:31-35

A reflection on today's Scripture:

To what shall I compare the people of this generation? (Luke 7:31)

What an excellent question!

Because our society tends to produce people of two minds as well. If we give to the poor and protect the innocent and oppose those who would exploit the poor and the powerless, then we are looked upon with suspicion by people who wonder what it is we want. If we speak the name of God, half the people we meet despise us for our weakness in dependence upon Him, and the other half despise us because we are trying to force "our God" upon them.

But wisdom is vindicated by all her children. Better a fool for Christ than a fool for our society as it stands now. Better to be thought a hypocrite, than to join those who criticize and become one. How much better to spread love to those who cannot love and be despised for it, than to spread hatred and destruction and be either hated or loved.

Jesus lived in a time of divided people, and we are still and profoundly a divided people. But let each of us who hears, who prays, who loves God to be a person of single heart—not divided, half against God because we are told by the wisdom of this world that we are fools to trust Him. Better that folly than the folly of those who can trust only in the perishable—in the empires that turn to dust and the gold that cannot go beyond the grave.

— JuandelaCruz |
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Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Januarius, bishop and martyr

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