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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 25 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Psalm 139:1-3, 4-6
Matthew 23:23-26

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Lord, you teach me "let your yes be yes, and let your no be no." Let me be like St. Paul who spoke honestly of his faith. There was no delusion, wherein I might puff myself up. Help with impure motives: the desire to attract someone to religious practice because of my needs, subtly charming a seeker; or the envy of those who have a gift of the Spirit I want.

The Apostle Paul recognized deception, the power of words and actions that can attract others but fools them, or worse leaves them impoverished and embittered.

I want to come before you, the Living Word, as did St. Paul, to be judged worthy of the gospel assigned to me. He provided a Living Word that comforted in affliction and was like milk for the newly born into You. I need not flatter to win attention or appreciation or seemingly soothe another's hurt by distorted truth. Let me foster the growth of Your Word in my life by humbly coming to the foot of the Cross and not by seeking praise of men.

O Lord,
I can yield more hardness, old habits and methods where the gentleness of You, the Shepherd, is not appearing in me.

~ Rev. Stephen H. Gratto
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tuesday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

St. Louis of France

St. Joseph Calasanz, priest

Lives of the saints:

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


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