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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 20 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Psalm 34:8-9, 10-11, 12-13
Luke 2:41-51

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Jesus went to Nazareth with His parents and was obedient to them. (see Luke 2:51)

We cannot love genuinely and unconditionally as God loves us unless we practice humility.

God Himself proved this, for when man refused His grace by disobeying the Commandments' law of love, He stepped aside and allowed us to experience the consequences of our willful stupidity. God did not give us the law to express His superiority nor exercise power over us; He did so to enable our living together peacefully, avoiding conflicts, injustices and hatred. In brief, He made man to participate in and enjoy His blessed, holy life beginning here and now.

God's humility, His selfless love, was seen when He sent us His Son, a baby in human flesh, knowing He would ultimately be crucified by the religious hierarchy. In today's gospel, Jesus, age 12, separated Himself from His parents who frantically searched three days until they found Him in the Jerusalem temple listening to and questioning the teachers. Jesus believed they knew He was in His Father's house, but seeing their pain, He thereafter remained obedient and grew in wisdom and favor before God. Christ's humility peaked during His agonized prayer in the garden when He asked His Father to take the bitter cup from Him, but added, "Not my will but Yours be done."

Paul speaks to the Corinthians about his spiritual revelations but confesses that to prevent his becoming too elated by them, God gave him a painful problem he called a "thorn in the flesh." When he prayed to have this removed, God said it would actually serve Paul well, for God's power grows stronger in those aware of their weaknesses. Prideful comfort can often lead man to follow his own way and prove useless to God.

O Blessed Lord,
Your loving humility and obedience to Your Father have blessed us with new life.
Work in us in ways that will enable us to participate fully in this blessing.

- Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Lives of the saints:

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