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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 5, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Amos 9:11-15
Psalm 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14
Matthew 9:14-17

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Today is the first Saturday of the month and many Catholics choose that day especially to honor our Blessed Mother, though one can do so any day and especially any Saturday. For those who pray the "office of the day" there is an option on Saturdays to pray the Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

It is just two months since the beautiful month of May when the Church paid special tribute to Our Lady. Many churches maintain the beautiful tradition of crowning the Blessed Mother with a wreath of flowers in May. We honor Mary, a humble, young, Jewish maiden, chosen by God to bear His Son. We thank her for her love and faithfulness to her vocation.

In the Church, the crown calls to mind the victory wreaths that await all of those in the heavenly kingdom who were faithful to their baptismal calling. Each of us has been called by God, as was Mary, for a special mission. All of us have been called to be heirs of the throne of God, but with that promise comes responsibility. Today we can turn again to Mary, our mother and role model to guide us along our journey.

Mary, help of Christians, pray for us. - Joan of Jesus, OCDS |
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Saturday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, priest

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