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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 11 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Genesis 49:29-32; 50:15-26a
Psalm 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7
Matthew 10:24-33

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. (Matthew 10:32)

Our reading in Genesis reveals that Jacob did not favor his sons equally. Rather than loving them unconditionally, as God loves us, Jacob focused his affection on Joseph, his youngest. This disparity, their father neglecting to acknowledge his children equally, inspired his brothers' jealousy that caused them to treat Joseph cruelly. When Jacob neared death, he called Joseph to arrange his burial, a duty that belonged to the "first-born" son. Thus the father, acting contrary to tradition, gave Joseph full authority over his older brothers. They, in turn, fearing retribution from the brother they had viciously abused, sought forgiveness. Joseph, being of a loving nature, readily absolved them.

Earlier in Chapter 49 we see a possible reason for Jacob's choice when the father gathered his sons together to review their present and to predict their future moral lapses. The father's decision may have been well-intentioned, but nonetheless it caused both embarrassment and resentment between the siblings, for those who live in sin have no true knowledge of God Who is the origin and source of all love.

Today's gospel relates to that latter sentence. Keep in mind that God created us in His image, to bear His love into this world so that we may all share in living His blessed life of peace and joy. In God's eyes there are no degrees of love; it is an actual state of being and therefore an absolute commitment.

Christ Himself is proof that our human flesh need not succumb to sin. He died for our sin to free us to live a holy life through obedience to Him Who is God's ever-living Word. Christ's words in the gospel are not severe, but simply the unvarnished truth. He cannot acknowledge us to the Father, if we live for "self" and refuse to resemble Christ in word and deed as God's true children.

O Blessed Redeemer,
help us to follow your light, that we may be guided to Your kingdom.
May the love You instill in us become a light to those who seek to also enter.

- Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Saturday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Benedict, abbot

Lives of the saints:

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