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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 22, A.D. 2008


Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 107:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Matthew 22:34-40





A reflection on today's Scripture:

I believe that one of Jesus' overlooked miracles is how He simplified things.

The relationship between God and the Jews was very complex prior to Christ. Governed by hundreds of laws, the people had so many requirements and obstacles to negotiate, it is a wonder that they had any relationship with the Almighty at all. Priests were the middlemen in the relationship, performing the sacrifices and other rituals required of the law, and failure to uphold every bit of the law could bring the wrath of the religious leaders.

But when asked which commandment was the greatest, Jesus responded,

You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments. (Matthew 22:37-40)

In one short statement, Jesus reduced the law to these two simple commandments and through His sacrifice opened up the pathway for a direct relationship between God and humans.

This, to me, is a miracle and one we should rejoice in daily as we commune with our all-loving God.

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

Friday, August 22, 2008

The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary







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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