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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 17
A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Ephesians 1:11-14
Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 12-13
Luke 12:1-7

A reflection on today's Scripture:

As I meditated on today's gospel I was again and again drawn to our Lord's words, "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but after that can do no more." As I was drawn to these words I came to realize that in these current days we seem to be more afraid and full of fear than I can remember. The state of the economy across the entire world is now in a large amount of trouble which has begun weighing on many people's minds these past weeks and months. Some have watched the value of their hard work over the years dwindle as a result and the future for many is not very bright. People are fearful and angry and I have even found myself thinking about my future and how all of this will affect that future. Perhaps you have done the same.

We must realize that in deeply troubling and uncertain times it is never more important to keep our perspective and remember where we are as Christians. We are both body and soul and while the world (including the economy) can have great effects on the body, we need to continue to nourish and maintain the health of our souls. Jesus goes on in today's gospel telling us who to fear, but then reminding us that God loves and cares for us more than we can know and that we are worth far more than the sparrows which do not go unnoticed by God. So, while the world seems to be in complete chaos, He remains with us and our hearts and minds should be on Him more than on the world.

The Lord tells us, "Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life." (Luke 21:34)

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

Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr

Lives of the saints:

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


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