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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 19, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Micah 2:1-5
Psalm 10:1-2, 3-4, 7-8, 14
Matthew 12:14-21

A reflection on today's Scripture:

On Bringing Justice to Victory (see Matthew 12:18-21)

There is an interesting reminder for us in the Gospel for today. It references a quote from Isaiah about bringing justice to victory (see Isaiah 42:1-4)

So often in our secular society we equate justice only with the professional criminal justice system. There is much we Christians can and should do on a daily basis to "bring justice to victory." One of the biggest and most productive ways to do this, for those of us who are raising families, is to teach them right from wrong, to inform their consciences.

Many of us have contact with youth in other ways and we can do the same, especially by our example. Our youth struggle to move along in a world that does not always demonstrate justice, and our youth do not always have the knowledge and tools to cope. When children err, they are punished, but not always the parents.

Christ ascended into heaven, but is still with us in other ways. He depends on us to carry out His mission to defeat evil, to build up His kingdom. We are given the spiritual tools to do this through the sacraments. It is up to us, through the grace of God, to continue bringing "justice to victory."

St. Michael, the Archangel, intercede for us.

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS []
email: jmurphy (at) utica (dot) edu

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Saturday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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