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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 24, A.D. 2008


Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word: Jeremiah 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13
Psalm 36:6-7ab, 8-9, 10-11
Matthew 13:10-17





A reflection on today's Scripture:

In today's First Reading, the prophet Jeremiah says, "The word of the Lord came to me." Seeing this made me think of how the Word of God comes to each of us whenever we read Sacred Scripture.

It isn't just a matter of words, even though words are important, but the fact that the words are sacredly inspired and meant to move us toward God and away from everything that keeps us separated from Him.

Perhaps, that is why everyone is exhorted to spend some time every day reading the Word of God. Spiritual reading is not an activity just for those who live a formal life of prayer as a priest, deacon, nun or any member of a religious Order, but for everyone who wants to live in allegiance to the Lord.

Because this year has been proclaimed a jubilee year in honor of St. Paul, perhaps we might begin a regimen of spiritual reading by reading what he has written, starting with his Letter to the Romans. In it you will hear St. Paul speak about what my particular version of the Bible entitles: "Humanity Without Christ." Though written at the dawn of Christianity, it reveals the sad reality in every age of what life without God is: no life at all.

Let us not allow the distractions and perils of our time to keep Christ from being the center of our lives; let us keep the word of God in our hearts and on our lips. It will instruct and comfort us—and show us the path to never-ending life. It really will!

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

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Sharbel Makhluf, priest







Lives of the saints:
http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/










Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:
www.nccbuscc.org/nab/index.htm

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