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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 28 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
Psalm 97:1 and 2b, 5-6, 10, 11-12
Matthew 25:1-13

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Christ is constantly trying to help us keep our lives simple and directed. In contrast, many of us are constantly trying to complicate our spiritual lives because we don't hear and follow these themes of simplicity and directedness.

Today's gospel is another example of this. We have the parable of the five wise virgins and the five foolish. The five wise ones are prepared and await the return of the Bridegroom whereas the five foolish suffer the consequences of not being prepared.

Christ urges us to strive towards holiness. He has given us many means, for instance, the Commandments, the Beatitudes, and the Sacraments. We also have the Word among us in scripture whereby we can come to know and understand Christ. We can choose friends who have similar goals, who might assist us when we get off course. The choices are up to us. Life is not always easy even when we try to follow the themes of simplicity and directedness, but at least we have the assurance that we are doing our best. Christ never said it would be easy, but discipleship is worth it.

~ Joan of Jesus, OCDS
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Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

St. Augustine, bishop and doctor of the Church

Lives of the saints:

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