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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 30, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Ephesians 6:10-20
Psalm 144:1b, 2, 9-10
Luke 13:31-35

A reflection on today's Scripture:

I am always amazed how relevant the words of Sacred Scripture can be if we take the time to read them and allow the grace of the Holy Spirit to operationalize them. Today's reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians is a perfect example.

Anyone would be hard-pressed to deny that "something" is wrong in our world. Even those who revel in wealth and pleasure probably have some disquieting moments where the whispers that "all is not well," or at least not so stable or permanent, are heard.

What is not "well" is that evil exists and is in mortal combat with our very existence, both corporeal and eternal. We are battling with powers that are beyond our ability to understand. If even for a moment we could sense their utter loathing and hatred for us, we might be pressed into some kind of defensive action or incapacitated with fear.

We have, however, been assured of the power and protection of the Almighty Who has dominion over all. I repeat, over all, over everything!

Let us then do as St Paul exhorts and draw strength from the Lord and from His mighty power, remembering "our struggle is not with flesh and blood." (see Ephesians 6:12)

Hold then faith, as a shield, to quench all the flaming arrows of the Evil One. (see Ephesians 6:16)

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

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thursday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

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