Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 4, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Job 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17
Psalm 119:66, 71, 75, 91, 125, 130
Luke 10:17-24

A reflection on today's Scripture:

There are some references to our senses in the Scriptures for today.

In the first reading, Job comments that "I have heard of you by word of mouth, but now my eye has seen you." (Job-42:5)

Many of us might relate to that at times when we are saying the words of a formal prayer, such as the rosary, but in the meantime we're planning to do something like getting groceries later, on the way home. It is refreshing to realize that even Job had his moment of awakening, when he truly came to know God, to realize Him in his heart.

The Gospel has a similar reference to the senses. The disciples and Christ were praising God over the successful evangelization that had been done on the part of the disciples. Christ got them apart and reminded them that "blessed are the eyes that see what you see." (Luke 10:23) Our faith is an awesome gift, one for which we render eternal thanks.

Note, in closing, that it was in private that Christ related to the disciples what was really transpiring in their relationship with Him. It is an open invitation for us to do the same. Communal prayer is beautiful and necessary, but we also need our quiet time with the Lord to listen, so that He can help us understand our relationship with Him -- and with others.

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS |

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Saturday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Francis of Assisi, religious

Lives of the saints:

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