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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 14, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Ezekiel 12:1-12
Psalm 78:56-57, 58-59, 61-62
Matthew 18:21Ė19:1

A reflection on today's Scripture:

I know that it probably isnít right to take a sentence from Holy Scripture and try to make of it a proper commentary on just any old thing. After all, Holy Scripture isnít just a matter of words. Yet, when I find myself in a dilemma and canít see how the chosen Scripture passages pertain to the feast being celebrated, I must admit that I grope at straws to find the meaning.

Perhaps it isn't just groping, but a cry to God for help, that His Holy and enduring Word might truly be a lamp for my eyes, a path for my feet. Rarely, am I disappointed; for it seems that God is only too willing to show how ever-present He is.

Today is just such a day! I am fond of remembering St. Maximilian Kolbe, whose feast we celebrate today and how he admitted his fear of suffering. Because, like him, I too am afraid. Yet, in the life of this contemporary saint we learn that our natural tendencies and weaknesses can be overcome and Godís grace will make us what otherwise we would never have thought possible.

When faced with the opportunity to suffer for another, Maximilian did the incomprehensibleóhe didnít avoid suffering, but embraced it.

You might be wondering what this has to do with todayís Scripture selections. Everything that my Spirit-led groping tells me. Bundled within todayís First Reading from Ezekiel are these words, ďI am a sign for you. . . .Ē They reach out and remind us how blessed we are to have the lives of the saints for examples in our own lives and circumstances.

For Maximilian, as indeed for all saints, Jesus is the ultimate source of inspiration and grace. It is in imitation of Jesus that they demonstrated the excellence of being truly human and came to share in the life of the Divine.

Like St. Maximilian Kolbe, may we through the merits of Jesus, relinquish all our fears and become all that God has called us to be!

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

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Thursday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Maxmilian Kolbe, priest and martyr
Thursday evening will be the Vigil of the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Holyday of Obligation. Most parishes will have a vigil Mass to accommodate those unable to attend Mass on Friday, the Solemnity. Consult with your parish bulletin for availability and time.

Lives of the saints:

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


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