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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 27 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Exodus 32:15-24, 30-34
Psalm 106:19-20, 21-22, 23
Matthew 13:31-35

A reflection on today's Scripture:

And the birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches. . . . (see Matthew 13:32)

The kingdom of heaven starts small, as small as the smallest seed you can see. A still, quiet voice in the human heart, speaking and reminding us that God is always present. Sometimes there will be no sign of it on the outside. But within, there is the yearning, the striving for heaven here and now.

But no matter how small it starts, with gardening and attendance, paying attention to God and what is important, with the slightest care, the smallest amount of devotion, it can grow by leaps and bounds -- a seedling, a shrub, a bush, a tree. And when it has grown, when we've allowed it to take root, it has another supernatural property -- it summons, from every corner of the earth and sky, those who would join. People can see the blessing of it; people can feel its comforting presence. And they are drawn to it. They are drawn to the cool shade of it on a hot summer day.

When we allow grace to work, we allow the Kingdom of Heaven to take root. And this kingdom is not for us to hoard and enjoy alone. It has as its chief characteristic the need to be shared, the desire to grow to include everyone.

When you open yourself up to God, do not be surprised that others see it in you and start to want to be near you. Do not underestimate the ability God has given you to change your part of the world into a corner of heaven.

~ JuandelaCruz
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Monday, July 27, 2009

Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

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