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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 17 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Ex 11:1012:14
Psalm 116:12-13, 15 and 16bc, 17-18
Matthew 12:1-8

A reflection on today's Scripture:

At that time Jesus was going through a field of grain on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat them. (see Matthew 12:1)

What a beautiful depiction of Christ and a way for us to be reminded that He is interested in our every need. The problem with all of that was that it was the Sabbath and one of the many laws of the day was that the Jews were to abstain from work that day. The elders took the law literally and to an extreme. We are always free to meet the physical and emotional needs of others no matter what day it is. Christ, in the gospel reading, tried to help them realize that He was "Lord of the Sabbath." He, as Son of God, also had control over what was done on the Sabbath.

We, as Christians, can set an example on how we use our Sabbath. For many people it is a day like any other except that some people do not have to go to their paid job. We see people using the day to catch up on laundry, shopping and cleaning, plus yard work. There are times when, in fact, this is necessary, however with planning, much of that can be worked in through the week so as to leave the Sabbath free for worship, reading, family time and even some reflection. We are not the first generation where both parents worked and yet many of them were able to find time to spend Sundays as a special day. How well do we keep holy the Lord's Day?

~ Joan of Jesus, OCDS
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Friday, July 17, 2009

Friday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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


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