Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 26 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
Psalm 139:7-8, 9-10, 11-12ab
A reflection on today's Scripture:
It scares me when Jesus is angry, like in today's Gospel when He says, "Woe to you," and calls the Pharisees hypocrites. The harshness of His words reveals how serious it is to be a hypocrite.
Until living a virtuous life becomes habitual, we should all worry about being hypocrites. It means having self-knowledge and requires us to be on our toes. We must be careful that we don't start slipping into doing what seems and looks good, instead of being good.
That is why daily examination of conscience is recommended and finds its proper place within the Liturgy of the Hours (The Divine Office) and is celebrated at the end of our day's activities with Night Prayer.
Virtuousness can be accomplished only with God's grace and acceptance of the means He provides. Take then what He has freely offered: His Sacred Word, His Precious Body and Blood; read it; eat it. Let it help you be an authentic follower of Christ, the real thing.
St. Ignatius' General Examination of Conscience:
1. Give thanks to God our Lord for the favors received.
2. Ask for the grace to know your sins.
3. Examine how you have lived this day.
4. Ask forgiveness for any faults.
5. Resolve to amend with the grace of God.
(Adapted from Ignatian Spirituality by Charles Jackson, SJ)
~ Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Wednesday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time
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