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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 15, A.D. 2008


Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

James 2:1-9
Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Mark 8:27-33





A reflection on today's Scripture:

In today's Responsorial Psalm (see above) we read that "the Lord hears the cry of the poor!"

Sometimes it's hard to believe that God hears the difficulties of the poor because for the most part, or so it seems, their needs according to contemporary standards, go unsatisfied, even though there are laud-worthy charitable efforts to address temporal concerns like food, clothing and to a lesser degree, shelter.

I still find it hard to feel that the Lord has heard their cries. If I find it difficult, how might those who actually experience poverty up close and personal feel?

It is a challenging question, not only to our faith, but to the whole concept of being members of the Body of Christ, and if His Body, hearers of the cry of the poor. What it means to me is: what am I and what are you going to do to help the poor?

Perhaps it means assisting the poor with food, clothing and shelter, and if that is impossible, for any reason, then by prayer for those who have the ability and means. Remember, prayer is no small consideration and is as necessary as soup and shoes and a safe clean place to sleep.

"The Lord hears the cry of the poor, blessed be the Lord . . ." and blessed be those who will be Christ's hands, His feet and His heart in this world. Blessed be the Lord.

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



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