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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 6 A..D. 2009


Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:



Tobit 12:1, 5-15, 20
Tobit 13:2, 6efgh, 7, 8
Mark 12:38-44


A reflection on today's Scripture:





They have contributed from their wealth, but she from her poverty. (see Mark 12:44)

God has entrusted a world to us containing everything we need to flourish. He has also gifted us with a wide variety of abilities that are resulting in an ever-changing society based on our inventive uses of scientific, medical and technological knowledge. However, we do God an injustice when we assign a special importance to people depending on their vocation or economic status; we overlook that God purposely created these differences for good reasons. On the practical level He gave each of us the ability to personally contribute our skills in ways that would serve the good of all. On the psychological level, He desires us to celebrate our differences, not to establish our sense of self-importance, but as ways for us to see the value of every contributor.

Sin assigns a sick love or worth to people depending on our estimate of their value. We forget that Christ did not come to die just for those considered most valuable. He gave His life of unconditional love to heal the moral illnesses afflicting our human race. A pure and generous heart is the most valuable human characteristic, for this is the very basis of Christ's self-giving love. Tobit and his son did not try to hoard the money the boy recovered for his father; instead they wished to give half of it to the man (angel) who accompanied the son on his trip. Our gospel exposes the larcenous Scribes and the pretentious rich who tried to outdo one another in their dress and publicly giving large sums to the temple treasury. It was the widow's loving trust in God that generously gave the Temple her last two small coins, all she had on which to live.

O Blessed Lord,
You showed us the infinite generosity of Your love by humbly accepting torture and death from sinners to redeem us and give us a new, blessed life. Amen.

- Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Saturday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Norbert, bishop





Lives of the saints:









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