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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 13 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Joshua 3:7-10a, 11, 13-17
Psalm 114:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Matthew 18:2119:1

A reflection on today's Scripture:

In my career over the past thirty years I have managed hundreds of people. Some years back, there was an employee of mine that was generally a good employee. Her work was of good quality and her productivity was greater than most of her co-workers. Her knowledge of the business was very good and others looked to her for advice when questions came up in the office.

However, over the years we worked together her attendance became a problem and her absences so extreme it was starting to affect her work. She had no hours left in her sick hour bank and none left in her vacation bank and it seemed there was something very wrong happening. As her manager I had to talk with her to counsel her on her absences and what I heard was almost beyond belief. These conversations are never easy and this one went something like this:

"Martha," I said, "your repeated absences are now affecting your work and your productivity has dropped to the lowest in the department. I am concerned as I have seen a deterioration over the months and you are now at a critical point."

"I know. Here is my problem. I had many bad things happen to me in my younger years and they have come back to haunt me. I am being treated for severe depression and I am now in many counseling sessions each week just to make it through. All the drugs do is make me tired and they do no good. But I cannot make it to work many days either due to the depression or due to the drugs."

"Martha," I continued, "you have been a good employee and we don't want to lose you. What can I or our company do to help?"

"Nothing, really," she responded. "My counselor told me if I would just forgive those who were bad to me I would be cured. But I cannot let them off the hook that easy. They owe me for what they did to me."

I could not believe what I heard. Her physician said all she had to do was forgive and she would be healed, but she refused. When our Lord instructed Peter that he must forgive "not seven times but seventy-seven times," he was speaking as the ultimate counselor and physician. Forgiveness is not about those who have harmed us, but about us and what our hearts need to be healed.

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

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thursday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Pontian, pope and martyr

St.Hippolytus, priest and martyr

Lives of the saints:

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


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