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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

September 3 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Colossians 1:9-14
Psalm 98:2-3ab, 3cd-4, 5-6
Luke 5:1-11

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Living in the Rocky Mountains my entire life has allowed me to spend countless days on some of the world's most beautiful streams, fly rod in hand, fishing for trout. I can say with complete certainty there is hardly anything that compares with this pastime but I can also say how disappointing it is when an entire day is spent and not a single fish is caught. Believe me; I have had my share of those days.

Peter, James and John must have been particularly downcast on that day when Jesus came to them to teach. They had spent the night fishing and had caught nothing. Their fishing was different from mine in that my fishing is strictly recreational and theirs meant survival. But when the Lord told Peter to lower his nets he did as directed and the result was beyond imagination.

Have you ever spent a day, a week, or even a year working at something with no success and you become completely discouraged? When this happens we should remember today's gospel and know that the Lord is with us in those times and will bring us more than we ever thought possible. Yes, He gave the disciples boatloads of fish, but even more He gave them the power to create His kingdom on earth. He will give all of us much more than we expect, if we listen to Him.

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

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Thursday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

St. Gregory the Great, pope and doctor of the Church

Lives of the saints:

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


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