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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 16 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Exodus 3:13-20
Psalm 105:1 and 5, 8-9, 24-25, 26-27
Matthew 11:28-30

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Today's short gospel reading, only two verses from Matthew, contains one of the most beautiful sayings from our Lord to be found. Jesus is inviting us to come to Him and find rest. Over the ages, all peoples have needed a place to find true rest and true peace, and Christ is that place.

He says that His "yoke is easy, and my burden light." For the people of that time, His message certainly offered true rest and relief. They were burdened by a set of Mosaic Laws that were difficult to keep and were magnified by the strict interpretation of the Pharisees. Instead of glorifying God, the laws became a burden and a breeding ground for hypocrisy and tyranny. Jesus came and fulfilled the law and the prophets, freeing the people, and as St. Paul said in his letter to the Romans, "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." All their burdens were replaced by this.

Today things are much the same. We find ourselves burdened with all varieties of troubles from life in the 21st century. But we still have the place of rest and source of peace our Lord gave His people nearly 2000 years ago. Come, He will give you rest, for He is meek and humble of heart.

~ Don Claunch, SFO
| email: dlclaunch@bresnan.net

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Thursday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Lives of the saints:

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


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