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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 2, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word: Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24
Psalm 69:15-16, 30-31, 33-34
Matthew 14:1-12

A reflection on today's Scripture:

At certain times in life we can be overwhelmed with the power of evil! We read the daily paper or the internet and wonder, "How could anyone ever do such a thing?"

Today's gospel brings up just such a scenario, when Herodias asks her daughter to request the head of John the Baptist on a platter. (Matthew 14:8) Obviously, her request resulted in the death of John the Baptist, but also what an example Herodias set for her daughter, and what an impact the event must have had on that young woman. We never hear what happened to the daughter. How did those moments impact her future?

There is a counter side to the power of evil, namely the power to do good. It generally doesn't make the headlines, unless there is a heroic act. But, every day many of us have the power to counteract the evil that people are experiencing in their lives, especially our young people.

It may only take eye contact, a friendly smile, a brief word of praise or the question, "How is your day going?" No contact is a missed opportunity, for we may never see that person again in our lifetime, be it the person on the street or the clerk in the store, or even someone we know.

I wonder if anyone ever reached out to heal the daughter of Herodias.

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS |
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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Saturday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Eusebius of Vercelli, bishop

St. Peter Julian Eymard, priest

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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