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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 18 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

2 Corinthians 11:1-11
Psalms 111:1b-2, 3-4, 7-8
Matthew 6:7-15

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Have you ever abandoned a project?

That experience can be very painful and leave a person feeling like a failure. If it is followed by an experience of powerlessness, it can be a spiritual experience. The individual is led to look elsewhere for strength, and that can lead to depending first on God.

The "Lord's Prayer," the "Our Father," can help us. It is a prayer of abandonment. Jesus' invitation is to let go of self-reliance and human designs. He teaches us to understand this divine relationship exactly as it is: the created one turning to the Creator. Consider just some of the lessons about our relationship with God contained in this prayer: Holiness is God's. The Kingdom is God's. The creative and sustaining Will which brings life to be and upholds life, is God's. Justice and mercy are God's. Read the "Our Father" carefully, to add to this list.

The "Our Father" leads me to abandon my self-reliance and to pray with others for the daily bread that sustains life, especially the life of discipleship. The Father gives us Jesus for our abundant life, more than my own effort could attain! The Holy Spirit is given to each believer in order to strengthen this new and abundant life, in its unique form as a disciple and in the practical aspects of doing good and fulfilling one's vocation.

It takes great trust to pray with abandonment. It does not come easily. It has to be renewed often. Have you not found the "Our Father" drawing you into an act of trust in God? Pray it often. It is a fountain of peace.

~ Rev. Stephen H. Gratto
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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Thursday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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


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