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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 31, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Philippians 1:1-11
Psalm 111:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Luke 14:1-6

A reflection on today's Scripture:

In today's gospel, St. Luke relates a story to us of Jesus healing a man of dropsy on the Sabbath in front of a group of Pharisees. From this reading it seems that the entire scene was a set-up to catch Jesus breaking the rules of the Sabbath. But in the end, it just shows the blindness of the religious leaders of that day.

God set aside the seventh day, the Sabbath, as a day of rest where all were to refrain from working and were to spend the day in worshiping God. But when Jesus performed a miracle, as in this case, a miracle of healing, they entirely missed the point, as their aim was obviously to catch Jesus breaking the law of the Sabbath.

Jesus' act was an act of pure love. What better way is there to worship the Almighty, than to perform a perfect act of love for another? As Jesus taught us, love for God and love for neighbor are the two primary commandments upon which all the remaining commandments rely. In other words, God's law of love trumped all others, and that is what the Pharisees refused to see.

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

Friday, October 31, 2008

Friday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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