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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 5, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Romans 11:29-36
Psalm 69:30-31, 33-34, 36
Luke 14:12-14

A reflection on today's Scripture:

What is the greatest and best gift God has given us? Have you ever thought about it? Is it the gift of life, faith or perhaps our forgiveness, through His endless gift of mercy? It's a point to ponder.

In the First Reading for today we're reminded that "God delivered all to disobedience that He might have mercy upon all." (Romans 11:32) It is hard for us with our human minds, to understand that concept, but as that reading also says "who has known the mind of God." (Ibid) It is frightening to consider however, where we would be without the mercy of God. Also, we need to recall that in the end times, Christ will judge each of us individually.

In the meantime, we have wonderful opportunities provided by the Church to embrace the mercy of God, especially through the sacrament of Penance. It is nice to hear that there is a slow, but positive return to that tradition, popular in the 50s and 60s, of regularly receiving the grace of God through that sacrament. What a great way to show our love of God, for sacrificing His only Son!

O Lord, pour out your mercy upon us!

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

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