Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
June 19, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 97:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7
A reflection on today's Scripture:
In today's Gospel we hear Jesus telling His apostles how they should pray, but before He tells them He says, "Your heavenly Father knows what you need before you ask." If God knows before we ask, why then should we pray at all?
The point isn't so much that God knows what we need, but that, we don't!
By listening and pondering the words of the Lord's prayer, we learn what it is we really need and by learning, we can begin to seek it, instead of just floundering around and searching for, who knows what?
What is it then that we need? It is to know that it is God who gives us our daily bread, that we need our transgressions forgiven and to forgive others, that we need not to be led into temptation and to be delivered from evil.
That, perhaps, is why Jesus gave us the Lord's Prayer, so that we would have words to help recognize what we need and what we should do: long for the coming of His kingdom, and to do His will here and for all eternity. Amen.
- Donna Nelson, OCDS
| email: drn3rd (at) hughes (dot) net
Thursday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
St. Romuald, abbot
Lives of the saints:
Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:
(c) A.D. 1991-2003 The Way, The Truth, The Life. Permission granted to make reprints or to post the Daily Meditations on any web page, except for profit.
ARCHIVED Meditations at: ABCs Of Faith
Daily Meditations in English: at The Journey-Daily Meditations
Please pray the Liturgy of Hours, PC or Mobile Device: http://www.liturgyhours.org/
Please recommend our websites www.abcsoffaith.com and http://www.daily-meditations.org/ to your friends and Catholic webmasters.
See the meditations online at our Blog: http://dailymed.blogspot.com
(c)1986-2004 Reprints permitted except for profit. Credit required.