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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 16, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Wisdom 13:1-9
Psalm 19:2-3, 4-5ab
Luke 17:26-37

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Today's First Reading demonstrates how easy it is to become attached to the things of creation while perhaps forgetting Who created them.

Last week I had two experiences that could not have illustrated this, had it not been for God's grace. First, while walking through a Wal-Mart super-store with its incredible variety of things, I was marveling how so many colorful, useful and interesting things—and people—were all under one roof!

Then, for a moment, I was able to separate myself from "the created" and think about where it all came from. The words from Psalm 24 came upon my lips:

The Lord's is the earth and its fullness,
the world and all its peoples.
It is He who set it on the seas,
on the waters He made it firm.

Secondly, since I work on the Maternity Service at a nearby hospital, I was able to go to the nursery to take some photographs for a friend who had not yet been able to visit the hospital to see her first newborn great granddaughter. The pictures were to be just the ordinary kinds of pictures most of us expect with digital cameras and printing docks. However, to my friend, they would be a miracle of God's love!

Coming back home that evening on Election Day (USA) from work at the hospital, I stopped to vote and unexpectedly met my friend at our local polling place! So, I went back to the car and got my camera so that she could review the 12 pictures of her granddaughter's new baby. It then occurred to me that I had the printer dock in the car and so I ran out to get it to print some of the pictures.

There on the spot, among curious voters, we printed out a picture! As it came out of the machine it was as if someone had handed her the baby, so lovingly did she hold out her hand to accept the new crisp image!

In fact, some One—our mighty Creator—did hand it to her! It was the result of the unbelievable technology God has enabled man to discover and use. Let us then, in love, give Him the honor and glory which is due Him. Let us never forget the Creator!

The heavens proclaim the glory of God!

- Donna Nelson, OCDS |
email: drn3rd(at)hughes(dot)net

Friday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time

St. Margaret of Scotland

St. Gertrude, virgin

Lives of the saints:

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