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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 7 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Deuteronomy 4:32-40
Psalm 77:12-13, 14-15, 16 and 21
Matthew 16:24-28

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Most persons join some organization in their life and are familiar with the concept of having conditions for membership.

In today's gospel, Jesus spells out the conditions for discipleship: namely that a person will 1) deny himself, 2) take up his cross, and 3) follow Christ. (see Matthew 16:24).

Discipleship however involves much more than attending and participating in meetings. It involves the recognition and protection of one's very being to become truly the person God created us to be.

Basically, each of us as created by God is good. We are aware through scripture that God takes delight in us. After all, we are made in the image of God. It is sin, our own and original sin, which hinders us from being whom we are meant to be. We have to depend on the mercy of God. The manner in which each of us meets those conditions of discipleship is uniquely beautiful, known only to God and the person.

What a responsibility, but also what an opportunity!

~ Joan of Jesus, OCDS
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Friday, August 7, 2009

Friday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Sixtus II, priest, martyr and his companions, martyrs

Saint Cajetan, priest

Lives of the saints:

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


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