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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 26 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Genesis 17:1, 9-10, 15-22
Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
Matthew 8:1-4

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Man is a social being.

We all need others in our journey of life, including our spiritual life. Many songs, poems and stories have been written to highlight that fact.

There can be times in a person's life when they equate their spirituality solely on their individual relationship with God. They can take on the perspective that it is all about "God and me." One might call it a vertical concept of religion.

The gospel for today relates the miracle of Christ cleansing the leper. It is of interest that after the healing, Christ told the man to "show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses prescribed." (see Matthew 8:4) Christ assumed that the priests would restore the man into the religious community.

Let this reading serve as a reminder to us that our spiritual lives have both a "vertical" and a "horizontal" perspective, namely that we need the community, and that both are intertwined.

~ Joan of Jesus, OCDS
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Friday, June 26, 2009

Friday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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


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