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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 13 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

2 Corinthians 5:14-21
Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12
Matthew 5:33-37

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Let your "Yes" mean "Yes" and your "No" mean "No."
Anything more is from the evil one. (Matthew 5:37)

Our reading in 2 Corinthians reviews the reasons for Christ's death. Jesus evoked hatred by disclosing our sin and calling us to rise out of our moral degradation by being true to God's holy Word. His crucifixion proves our human cruelty and dishonesty; it also shows us that God wants us to die to our sins along with the crucified Christ and be "born again" to become "new creations" in Him. Only then do we fulfill our humanity, by living in God's righteousness as He originally intended.

A study of God's laws reveals that His rules for human behavior are based upon love, that is, upon our abandoning selfish, self-willed ways and truly acting and making decisions that consider the good of others. He has given us a foolproof formula which, if sincerely followed, would result in a world pervaded by truth, fairness, compassion, peace and joy. As St. Paul pointed out, we are to be "ambassadors" for Christ, attracting new citizens into His kingdom.

A comprehensive review of God's law of love is seen in Matthew, chapters 5, 6 and 7. Christ begins with the Beatitudes which describe the blessed attributes of human hearts that are genuinely pervaded by God's love.

Today's gospel focuses on a foolish habit in Christ's time of people swearing upon or taking an oath to emphasize the importance or truth of a statement or to guarantee a promise they have made. Jesus tells us that this swearing cancels out the possibility of love because it presupposes man's incurable dishonesty and lying. Also, oaths are not needed, for whatever we say is always done in God's presence, heard by Him who expects nothing from us but the total truth.

O Lord Jesus Christ,
send Your Spirit upon us that we may always offer our brothers and sisters an unfailing respect through our genuine love and unblemished truth. Amen.

- Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Saturday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Anthony of Padua, priest, religious and doctor of the Church

Lives of the saints:

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


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