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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 27 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Thessalonians 3:7-13
Psalm 90:3-5a, 12-13, 14 and 17
Matthew 24:42-51

A reflection on today's Scripture:

In today's gospel reading the Lord gives us all a stern warning to stay awake and take all care to be prepared for His return. Jesus knew what would happen when He left His disciples after His resurrection just as He knows what can and does happen to His people 2000 years later.

Humans are generally very conscientious of taking care of their physical belongings. We lock our homes and cars, we buy insurance on almost everything and we buy and install all types of protective and preventive devices such as fire extinguishers. We teach our children from the day they are born what to fear and what will hurt them. Like the master of the house in the parable, if we knew when something bad was going to happen we would be right there to prevent it.

But people aren't the same when it comes to the nonphysical things in their lives, and this Jesus knew. Without Him with us, we tend to engage in things that are damaging to our souls and our relationship with God. We sin in a variety of ways with no regard for the consequences. We abandon the protection of our souls and become like the wicked servant in today's gospel.

For that reason we must take care always and remain awake prepared for His return. For that reason we must secure our souls against the dangers of the world, we must "buy the proper insurance" and make sure our "fire extinguishers are charged and ready." We do this through daily prayer, reading the scriptures and through frequent reception of Holy Communion and the sacrament of reconciliation.

Yes, Jesus knew everything about human nature, but He left us with the things we need to persevere and remain in Him until He returns.

~ Don Claunch, SFO
| email: dlclaunch@bresnan.net

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thursday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

St. Monica, (mother of St. Augustine)

Lives of the saints:

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


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