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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 19 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Judges 9:6-15
Psalm 21:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Matthew 20:1-16

A reflection on today's Scripture:

How difficult are some of the Old Testament Readings!

They're so obscure that we might just want to forget reading them and go on to something more easily understood. If there weren't any resources for us to consult, probably that would be pardonable. But in these times of access to electronic and printed bible commentaries, I think we should at least make a serious attempt to discover what they have to say.

Today's first reading is a perfect example. I couldn't see how in the world it could relate to anything associated with our need and means for salvation. Yet it had to have some value or it wouldn't have been included in the canonical books of the Bible.

When I investigated today's first reading, I found that the buckthorn was considered a useless and even dangerous "tree." It provided no shade in the burning heat and was even dangerous because it was so dry that if it was touched with a spark it would easily flame up and burn.

This little bit of information helps illustrate the folly of rejecting the sovereignty of the Almighty over us, in favor of what is convenient or self-serving.

Thus, this previously difficult bit of Scripture opens up and illustrates, so beautifully and simply, how important it is to do God's will in all things lest we reject the succulent, fruitful, Tree of Life and embrace not only the useless, but also the dangerous, buckthorn.

~ Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wednesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

St. John Eudes, priest

Lives of the saints:

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


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