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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

Octomber 15, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Romans 1:1-7
Psalm 98:1bcde, 2-3ab, 3cd-4
Luke 11:29-32

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Sometimes it just seems easier to "go with the flow" as we say in America, and "not make any waves."

Our feast today, that of St. Teresa of Jesus (of Avila), is a reminder to do otherwise. The readings for the feast point that out. In the First Reading, St. Paul refers to himself as being "called to be an apostle" and of being "set apart for the gospel of God." (see Romans 1:1-7)

The same can be said of each of us! We bear the mark of a Christian on our heads, placed there in baptism. We, too, have been set apart! In the Gospel, Christ points out "that this is an evil generation, one that looks for a sign" . . . and that He is the sign. (Luke 11:29-32) Again we can say that by the graces of our Baptism and Confirmation, we are to be other Christs, bearers of His message to those we encounter at this time.

When St. Teresa entered the Carmelite community of her day, she became dissatisfied with the lack of vigor in that religious life. She could have just settled in and enjoyed a fairly comfortable life, but instead she chose to start many other Carmelite communities that were more faithful to the Gospel and the religious rule. She befriended St. John of the Cross and urged that he do the same. These fellow Christians serve as an example to us today!

St. Teresa, pray for us!

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

Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Teresa of Jesus, virgin and doctor of the Church

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