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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 28 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Exodus 33:7-11; 34:5b-9, 28
Psalm 103:6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13
Matthew 13:36-43

A reflection on today's Scripture:

The Word of the Lord leads me to understand there is a reason to pray for security and deliverance. It is because of the coming harvest time, the end of the age when judgment is given. Jesus taught His disciples to pray "thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven," in order to be among the righteous who "will shine like the sun." (see Matthew 13:43)

To be among the righteous, I need to be righteous; that is one who, blest with baptism into Jesus, carries out deeds that inspire others to praise the heavenly Father. There are many challenges to this life and Jesus has taught His followers to pray "deliver us from evil" in order to remain in the life of grace.

Jesus testifies to the Evil One's designs that sow weeds among the wheat. The deeds of the weeds "cause others to sin." It can be difficult to patiently live in the hope and expectation to be one of those called righteous and shining like the sun, and to not condemn others. However, God is the Just One. He sends forth the angels. In Christ, the Church will endure to the end of this age, and the Church is our place of earthly union in the Lord.

- Rev. Stephen H. Gratto
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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