Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 19 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
A reflection on today's Scripture:
As summer slowly warms up, we are more inclined to expand our souls, to relax, and enjoy the natural world of mountains, lakes, or just our own back yard. We're right in the mood for today's Gospel, when Jesus invites His apostles to slow down. They've just returned from some mission travels, dusty and weary. They need a break. Jesus says to them, "Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile."
We all need to take that Gospel to heart during these summer months because the rapid pace of our lives, working too many hours, cutting back on hours of sleep, can wear us out. Often, it's making us short-tempered, and causing us to neglect the life of the spirit. Aren't we supposed to have an immortal soul? We need "soul time." That means reflective reading from Scripture and from other reading that expands our imaginations and our appreciation for the beauty and wisdom of God who dwells among us. Perhaps it's about people who have learned valuable lessons from some tragedy in their lives, and as a result, have "found God." Then, we need time just to think about what we've read, to learn more about God's love and mercy. From this can come ideas for changing our outlook, help us forgive someone who's hurt us. It can help us be a little more grateful for life.
Summer time should also include prayer time, time to ask God for what we need to be stronger in altering our frantic ways that lead to nowhere. The grace that the Lord will give us from our asking will make a big difference in how we treat our families and friends.
~ Msgr. Paul Whitmore
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Sunday, July 19, 2009
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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