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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 13, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Kings 19:9a, 11-16
Psalm 27:7-8a, 8b-9abc, 13-14
Matthew 5:27-32

A reflection on today's Scripture:

I have spent the far majority of my career in healthcare and while my profession is administrative, I have been exposed to much of the clinical aspects over the years.
I spent a time managing a surgical facility and it was there that I watched first hand as surgeons removed diseased organs, tumors, and in some cases, limbs to treat their patients. In all these instances the goal was to remove a part in order to save the whole person and make that person healthy once again.

Jesus says, "If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body go into Gehenna."

What a great physician our Lord is! Long before our modern surgery techniques, He knew that there were times when parts must be cut away in order to save the whole person. While I doubt the Lord would really want us to rip out our own eye, the message was clear, and much as the surgeon does today we must remove that which infects us with sin in order to make ourselves whole and healed.

As we reflect on this today, ask yourself what you need to "remove" to heal completely and let the Master of all physicians do His work.

- Don Claunch, SFO |
email: dlclaunch(at)bresnan(dot)net

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St. Anthony of Padua, priest, religious and doctor of the Church

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