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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 13 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Exodus 1:8-14, 22
Psalm 124:1b-3, 4-6, 7-8
Matthew 10:34-11:1

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. . . . (Matthew 10:39)

Jesus isn't speaking in riddles, but sometimes He can be hard to understand. How can we lose our lives and find them?

This life, this world, is deceptive. It is so easy to become lost in the tangle of the day-to-day details of life. It is so easy to become so mired in what is happening now that we cease to have any understanding of what life is really about. It is so easy to despair when we see around us all of the poverty, illness, and sheer cussedness of humankind.

But that isn't the life God made us for. That isn't really what we're stuck with. We are instruments of change; we are His hands, His eyes, His heart here on Earth. When we lose our lives, our crazy, convoluted disasters-on-two-legs, when we give up the rat race and refuse to take part in what everyone tells us is normal, it is like a slow recovery from a disease we never knew we had. It is like we can suddenly breathe again and never realized we had stopped. When we stop chasing after the illusions we make for ourselves and start focusing on the reality of the Kingdom, and the reality of Jesus, we find real life -- the only meaningful life.

~ JuandelaCruz
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Monday, July 13, 2009

Monday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Henry

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