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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 19, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Sirach 48:1-14
Psalm 97:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7
Matthew 6:7-15g

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
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