Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 3 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 81:12-13, 14-15, 16-17
A reflection on today's Scripture:
His Heart Was Moved with Pity for Them. . . .
Jesus had withdrawn for a brief time to get His life and thoughts together after the shock of hearing of the death of His cousin and herald, John the Baptist.
It's not hard to imagine how Jesus felt. All you need to do is think about a particularly beloved music or movie star and how you felt when you heard about their demise and multiply that by about a thousand and you'll have a sense of what Jesus felt. Jesus and John the Baptist weren't "close" in the way we think about family and friends, but because of who they were and what they were doing they were even closer than we can imagine.
So then, Jesus had suffered this personal trauma and He withdrew for a few days before returning to the hungering, clamoring multitude. And rather than doing what you and I might do (turn and run right back to that desert solitude), His heart was moved to pity and He saw at once to their need for food, compassion, and love.
Jesus still sees us hungering. He returns to us, as often as we care to receive Him, with the same compassionate consideration, and the food offered now, the bread split among the multitude and never diminishing is His own body and blood, the ultimate and final nourishment, feeding not only our bodies but also our souls--feeding us right into salvation.
His heart continues to be moved by pity for us, and He ministers to us today as He did to the people of His own time, only even more so.
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Monday, August 3, 2009
Monday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
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