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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 8 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Deuteronomy 6:4-13
Psalm 18:2-3a, 3bc-4, 47 and 51
Matthew 17:14-20

A reflection on today's Scripture:

O faithless and perverse generation, how long will I be with you? (Matthew 17:17)

Today's readings center on faith and begin by citing "The Greatest Commandment" that calls us to love God with our entire being and an undivided heart. God's purpose is to draw us close to Him, to teach us the wisdom of His love and prompt us to fulfill our humanity through obedience to His law.

This leads us to realize that God is the origin and only source of genuine love and that He made us in His image to share His blessed life with us. But since love can neither be forced upon nor demanded from anyone, we must exercise our free will to enter into the divine flow of love that the Blessed Trinity continuously pours out upon us.

Although we are flesh and blood creatures, God also gave us a human spirit through which He can communicate with us through the action of His Holy Spirit Who will, if we cooperate, sanctify us to resemble Christ. Christ was sent to die for our sins to show us that we too must die to sin to free ourselves from its slavery; it is Christ's Spirit Who enables us to become holy as God originally intended.

Our gospel reveals that faith is perfected when we entrust ourselves totally to God. Christ best fits this, for He tells us that He is totally dependent upon and fully open to His Father. Indeed, He tells us that He and His father are "one."

His Apostles' inability to heal the man's son from mental illness resulted from their standing in God's way by thinking that they were to personally wield His power rather than just opening a healing channel of His love to the boy through faithful, trusting prayer.

Like all channels, they must be free of all obstructions such as fear, insecurity or self-dependency, problems that would eventually vanish once their relationship with God deepened and they fully believed in and trustingly abandoned themselves to His wisdom and love.

O almighty and ever-living God,
bring us to the fulfillment of our humanity by increasing Your Spirit within us to touch our hearts and make us grow to spiritual maturity.

~ Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Saturday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Dominic, priest and founder of the Order of Preachers

Lives of the saints:

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


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