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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 9, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Galatians 3:1-5
Psalm 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75
Luke 11:5-13

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Boy, St. Paul has had it, hasn't he?

There is no mincing of words, no attempt at being politically correct. He calls the Galatians stupid and asks rhetorically who has bewitched them, they who professed faith in the crucified Jesus, they who had received the outpouring of Holy Spirit's gifts.

I don't know enough about the rest of this letter to the Galatians to know if this straightforward language woke them up or completely alienated them.

Regardless, there does seem to come a point when the time for coaxing and pampering is over, and the situation is so urgent that measured explanations are foolhardy, like saying "Please move down the road a piece," instead of yelling "Run!" when your very life means getting out of the way of a falling boulder.

We never know when the last grains of sand in our own hourglass are about to slip through that narrow passage between life and death; maybe it would be well if we thought Paul was yelling at us, calling us stupid for letting the opportunity for holiness to escape.

I, for one, don't want to be bewitched; I don't want to throw away the gifts God has given me, but I know, like the Galatians, that I'm vulnerable.

Thank you, Lord, for Your Word -- Your Sacred Word which sometimes coaxes and other times yells "Fire!" Do whatever it takes Lord, but don't let me be lost.

- Donna Nelson, OCDS |
email: drn3rd@hughes.net

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

St. Denis, martyr and Companions, martyrs

St. John Leonardi, priest

Lives of the saints:

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


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