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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 25 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

2 Corinthians 4:7-15
Psalm 126:1bc-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6
Matthew 20:20-28

A reflection on today's Scripture:

The grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people may cause [their] thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God. (see 2 Corinthians 4:15)

Today's gospel begins with the mother of two of Christ's Apostles requesting that after Jesus is enthroned in His kingdom, He would reward James and John with seats of honor at His sides. The Lord tells her that this choice is up to His heavenly Father; then He also reminds her that the Gentiles resort to such actions so that their rulers can "lord" their position over the people.

In His kingdom the reverse will be true, for the one who is considered "first" will actually be "last" by becoming the slave of His people. This asserts that He is motivated by a self-giving, self-immolating love for His Father and all of humanity.

Christ's purpose is to win forgiveness for those who have fallen into sin and raise them to a new and holy life. He asks James and John if they are willing to share in the cup He must drink, and they, who had yet to suffer the severity and danger of persecution, easily consent to sharing His "cup."

St. Paul's message to the believers echoes Christ's words, for his letters to the various churches reveal many incidents that caused him suffering. Here he tells the Corinthians that they should never "lose heart," because although they may constantly face death for the sake of Christ, they have been entrusted by God to bring His treasure of salvation and eternal life to a world in dire need of this knowledge.

Paul also reminds them that they, along with all of humanity, are only "earthen vessels" shaped by God from the soil of the earth. Yet, lowly creatures as we are, God has entrusted us with the privilege of bearing His greatest treasure into this world, our making Christ's life seen by our giving His love to all whose lives we touch. Then, He Who raised Jesus to a new and resurrected life will also raise all the faithful to be with Him in eternity.

O Father God,
give us the strength, courage and sacrificial love of Christ that we may help others to depart from the darkness of sin and rise into the light of Your life. Amen.

~ Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Saturday, July 25, 2009

[Saturday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time]

Feast of Saint James, Apostle

Lives of the saints:

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


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