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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 8, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Nahum 2:1, 3; 3:1-3, 6-7
Deuteronomy 32:35cd-36ab, 39abcd, 41
Matthew 16:24-28

A reflection on today's Scripture:

I am presently reading a book that includes a section on the chemical building blocks of life, specifically human life.

I have learned that at the lowest level we are made of a variety of the components that make atoms and these atoms are elements such as hydrogen, oxygen, iron, calcium and so forth. These elements bond together to make molecules and these molecules form amino acids, proteins and DNA. The book says that scientists have been able to mix these elements in the lab and form amino acids, but the step from there to DNA and life escapes them.

The bottom line is, as smart as we think we are, we cannot create life. This alone is reserved for God, the Creator of all things.

Jesus asks today, "What can one give in exchange for his life?"

The simple answer is nothing. Your life is a miracle. Without the direct action of an all loving God, we remain a pile of atoms. Our lives are a gift beyond measure, the result of a miracle at the hand of God and what we do with the life given to us is of the greatest importance. No one would squander a miracle, so no one should squander their life—it is a miracle to be shared.

- Don Claunch, SFO |
email: dlclaunch(at)bresnan.net

Friday, August 8, 2008

Friday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Dominic, priest, founder of the Order of Preachers

Lives of the saints:

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


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