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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 30 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Exodus 40:16-21, 34-38
Psalm 84:3, 4, 5-6a and 8a, 11
Matthew 13:47-53

A reflection on today's Scripture:

In our first reading today we hear how Moses constructed the dwelling for the Lord where he placed the ark of the covenant.

From the description given, this dwelling must have been a sight to see with its columns and other pieces that made it portable for when the Israelites traveled. When the cloud came down upon it, the Lord filled the dwelling making it a completely holy place. Our psalm today speaks of the glorious dwelling place of the Lord, which was the temple in Jerusalem, built by Solomon and later rebuilt by Herod the Great around the time of Christ's birth. These temples must also have been a sight to see with all of the stonework and architecture. Unfortunately the last temple was destroyed by the Romans around 70AD and we are left only with the descriptions from scripture and elsewhere.

A different temple of the Lord remains with us to this day. The Lord certainly dwells within our churches where His glorious body is present in the Eucharist. But He also dwells within our souls and what wondrous places they must be for our God to find a place to dwell there. As the gospel proclaims today, the kingdom of God will collect both the good and the bad and it is our duty to make sure our souls remain clean and pure as a dwelling place for the Lord.

~ Don Claunch, SFO
| email: dlclaunch@bresnan.net

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Peter Chrysologus, bishop and doctor of the Church

Lives of the saints:

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


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