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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 14 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Joshua 24:1-13
Psalm 136:1-3, 16-18, 21-22 and 24
Matthew 19:3-12

A reflection on today's Scripture:

In the gospel for today Christ explains the various states in life.

What would Christ say if He watched a few hours of television these days? The sacrament of matrimony is denied, belittled and misrepresented on a regular basis. It is a fact that our youth spend more hours with media today, than in school. It is no wonder that our divorce rate is so high! Our youth are uninformed and confused about expectations!

And then there is the single state, those whose vocation it is to serve others as a single person. No, they are not the "left-overs." It is a recognized vocation in the Church. Their service greatly enriches the kingdom of God. Persons in the single state have much to offer! Their lives are also misrepresented in the media.

Serving as a disciple of Christ is a complicated role, and always has been. Each period in history has had its own challenges! Today, good example and information are desperately needed regarding the meaning of the various states in life. Each of us has a unique vocation chosen by God. How we answer the call to our vocation, live it and inform others is a challenge for each of us! There is much to do in building up the kingdom of God! Each of us has a role!

~ Joan of Jesus, OCDS
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Friday, August 14, 2009

Friday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe, priest, religious and martyr

Lives of the saints:

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


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