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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 20, A.D. 2008


Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Revelation 5:1-10
Psalm 149:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9b
Luke 19:41-44





A reflection on today's Scripture:

Have you ever regretted something and thought, "If only I had known"?

In today's Gospel, Jesus is lamenting over the destruction of Jerusalem, but not just Jerusalem as a city, but Jerusalem as a metaphor for the Chosen People. Having failed to recognize and accept Him as God, they'll pay a great price.

If only they had known.

Why can't we profit from the mistakes of others and avoid the inevitable sadness that comes from making bad choices?

Must we always be doomed to keep making the same mistakes, to have history, so to speak, repeat itself?

"Certainly not!"

As we have the power to choose, so too, do we have the power to choose either wisely, as God would have us do, or otherwise, according to our own faulty ways.

If we accept God's Word as law, and live in obedience to Christ, we will not have to suffer the remorse of having to say over and over, "If only I had known."

You, O Lord, are the Way, the Truth, the Life.

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



Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thursday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time







Lives of the saints:
http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/










Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:
www.nccbuscc.org/nab/index.htm

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