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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

September 19, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Corinthians 15:12-20
Psalm 17:1bcd, 6-7, 8b and 15
Luke 8:1-3

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Today's short gospel passage is interesting in that it tells no real story, and seems to be just a short mention of who was with Jesus during His ministry. However, it holds a great teaching for all of us who are His followers nearly 2000 years later.

The scripture says that the Lord was accompanied by ". . . the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna, the wife of Herod's steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others. . . ."

When we look at who these people were we find a very diverse group that came from many backgrounds. Of the twelve we have fishermen and a tax collector. Of the others mentioned we have a prostitute, those cured of demons and other ailments and the wife of a member of the court of King Herod. They came from every walk of life, from the outcast and poor, to the rich and privileged.

The passage goes on to say, ". . . who provided for them out of their resources." These people, regardless of their place in the social structure of the time, provided for the Lord with whatever resources they had. And, my friends, it is no different today.

The Church around the world comes from all walks of life, some rich, some poor, and we are all called to provide out of our resources. There are two lessons to be learned from today's gospel. First, we are called to care for the Church and also each other. Second, in the eyes of our Lord, we are all equal and we all receive of His love and gifts equally.

Let's all remember the next time we see someone who "just does not fit in" that God sees things differently and His desire is for us to see all as loving and loved people who carry the imprint of the Most High.

- Don Claunch, SFO |
email: dlclaunch@bresnan.net

Friday, September 19, 2008

Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Januarius, bishop and martyr

Lives of the saints:

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


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