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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 22 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Exodus 16:1-5, 9-15
Psalm 78:18-19, 23-24, 25-26, 27-28
John 20:1-2, 11-18

A reflection on today's Scripture:

In today's selection from Holy Scripture we hear first about the grumbling of the Israelites in the desert and how the Lord sent them manna and quail. Then in the Gospel, we hear the story of Mary Magdalene weeping at the tomb, thinking the Lord's body had been stolen.

These are very different kinds of experiences, but they come together in the final statement of the Magdalene, when she realizes it isn't the gardener she is speaking to, but Jesus Himself, and then goes off and tells the others, "I have seen the Lord."

The stories move us to ask, "When have we seen the Lord? What were the circumstances, and how have we shared what we have experienced with others?"

If you are unaccustomed to recognizing the nearness and presence of God, I would ask you to play a little game that a friend of mine has suggested; go on a God hunt! Look for Him! Look as a child looks for a hidden prize, purposefully, consciously.

Like a solicitous father, God hides to be found -- and in finding Him we should find delight!

So then, like Mary Magdalene, let's spread the Good News: "I have seen the Lord."

~ Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
| email: drn3rd@hughes.net

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene

Lives of the saints:

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


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