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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 26, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

2 Kings 24:8-17
Psalm 79:1b-2, 3-5, 8, 9
Matthew 7:21-29

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Sometimes when reading Sacred Scripture a word or phrase strikes my interest and prods me to examine it more carefully and the context of its use. Today, it is the phrase, "the crowds were astonished at His teaching."

Can you recall an incident where you have been astonished or have seen the astonishment of others? It's like looking at something unbelievable; people are stunned and without words, mouths open but no sound is uttered.

What was so astonishing in this Gospel? We are told that it was that Jesus "spoke as one with authority and not like the scribes." It wasn't, it seems, what He said, but that He had the authority to say it.

This little microscopic view begs me to consider whether I take seriously Jesus' teaching authority and the teaching authority He has bequeathed to His Church, and to stand in awe that there is such an unequivocal source of truth in this murky world.

It is also a little bit of a wake-up call for me, not to become so accustomed to everyday things—even a faithful prayer-life—that I become unmoved by the wonder of our God in the person of His divine Son.

Not, "Lord, Lord," but instead, "My Lord and my God."

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

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