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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 4 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Tobit 6:10-11; 7:1bcde, 9-17; 8:4-9a
Psalms 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
Mark 12:28-34

A reflection on today's Scripture:

This gospel invites reflection on the depth and the breadth of one's faithful actions.

The depth is found in firmly believing in the "Lord our God" as the "Lord alone" of my life. There is to be no other "god," no idol, no relationship that is valued more than with the Lord. The passage has a little catechism about how to do this: "love Him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength." This can be an examination of conscience about the depth of one's love for the Lord.

The breadth of one's faith is expressed in loving the Lord your God and loving your neighbor. The love of neighbor "is worth more than burnt offerings and sacrifices." This is a good reminder about the purpose of piety and the necessity of good deeds. This love of neighbor testifies to the love for God. I do as the Lord wills. How often an examination of conscience about who is being rejected or neglected is necessary in order to renew the fulfillment of this great commandment.

The relationship that develops through these two great commandments is life-giving: Jesus tells the lawyer, "You are not far from the Kingdom of God."

- Rev. Stephen H. Gratto
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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Thursday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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


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