Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 21 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Ruth 1:1, 3-6, 14b-16, 22
Psalm 146:5-6ab, 6c-7, 8-9a, 9bc-10
Matthew 22:34-40

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Why did the Pharisees ask Jesus this question,
"Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" (Matthew 22:36)

Was it so that they could build up their own egos by tying themselves tighter to rules and regulations, or was it so they could better love and serve God? It is something we still need to guard against to this day. Why are we doing what we do? What or who is our focal point and what is our motivation?

We tend to become scheduled people when we are doing something over and over. The weeks can go by where we go to church and pray because it is the day to go, just as some people always do their shopping or banking on a certain day.

The opposite can also be true, in that the weekly participation at Mass is meaningful and draws us into a deeper relationship with God and neighbor.

So, which way is it for us?

~ Joan of Jesus, OCDS
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Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Pius X, pope

Lives of the saints:

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


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