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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

Octomber 29, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Romans 8:12-17
Psalm 68:2 and 4, 6-7ab, 20-21
Luke 13:10-17

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Scripture can be so timely!

One has only to scan the magazine and ad sections of the Sunday paper to realize that we need to educate the public about the message from Romans in the first reading for today. (see Romans 8:12-17) The fashion styles depicted in the paper, even for young children, do not reflect the scripture message that our bodies are holy, and that we are not to live according to the flesh.

As the old saying goes, "We are robbing youth of its innocence." It takes a strong and informed parent to go counterculture regarding the choices of styles of clothing for children, and the same can be said of adult clothing. One can look stylish and still maintain modesty. It has been done for centuries, but it might take a little more effort and planning.

Nearly everyone judges us by our looks! What message do we want to give off, one that goes with being "a debtor to the flesh" or one that says "we are children of God and therefore heirs of heaven?" (see Romans 8:12 and 17)

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

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