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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

September 12, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22b-27
Psalm 84:3, 4, 5-6, 12
Luke 6:39-42

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Remember the saying "practice what you preach"?

St. Paul is emphasizing that trait in today's lesson. He points out that he has to practice the discipline of the Gospel that he teaches others, so that he, in the end, is not rejected. St. Paul's example of a race to the finish communicates the necessity of putting energy into discipleship. Like, "RUN the race!"

How appropriate that Jesus urges the disciple to "see." If the guide is lost, the followers will be lost. To "see" is not only to know the way. It is also to know one's faults and weaknesses. Our Lord rebukes those who dwell on the faults and failings of others.

It is hard to "see" and it is hard to "run"ówith a plank in your eye! St. Paul wants every hearer of the Word to be a doer, pursuing the eternal prize. In this race, everyone can be a winner.

We too, can be running. We will do better unencumbered by sin. Jesus offers mercy and forgiveness for that. We will run with more enthusiasm by clearly seeing the goal, eternal life in Christ.


- Rev. Stephen H. Gratto |
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