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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 31 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Leviticus 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34b-37
Psalm 81:3-4, 5-6, 10-11ab
Matthew 13:54-58

A reflection on today's Scripture:

The two readings for today depict a contrast.

In the first we have an example of how far God will go to work with and through a person, namely Moses. He went from being totally dependent, floating in a basket in a river, to one who led his people. His spirit was open to God. In contrast, the gospel reflects that Jesus did not work "many mighty deeds" when He returned to His native place because of the lack of faith among His people.

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola. He is an excellent example of one who was open to the will of God!

Each of us has the awesome gift of free will. We are constantly bombarded with choices, the chance to exercise that gift. Will it be for the greater honor and glory of God, or will it be to build up our own kingdom on earth?

The choice is up to us.

~ Joan of Jesus, OCDS
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Friday, July 31, 2009

Friday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Ignatius of Loyola, priest

Lives of the saints:

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


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