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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 29 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Thessalonians 4:9-11
Psalm 98:1, 7-8, 9
Mark 6:17-29

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Our readings today center on our inborn talents and the importance of using them in the service of God and our fellow humans. Paul's letter stresses to the Thessalonians that having been called by God to love, they must exercise this love to create a climate of peace within their community and develop a sense of fellowship.

Our readings also relate to John the Baptist's martyrdom to illustrate that using God's gifts does result in good to others but opens the possibility of sacrificing one's own life. The world must be brought to see that it fools itself into thinking it can live comfortably in sin. This is a dangerous task, for the worldly despise and are anxious to shame and silence, by any means, critics of their values and behavior.

Those willing to suffer and die for the sake of preserving God's word are seen throughout history and deserve our thanks and God's blessings for selflessly exhorting us to embrace values leading to salvation.

O Almighty God,
help us realize our need to live productively by using Your gifts to make You visible in this world and help draw many precious souls to You.

~ Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Memorial of the Martyrdom of Saint John the Baptist

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