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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

September 4 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Colossians 1:15-20
Psalm 100:1b-2, 3, 4, 5
Luke 5:33-39

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Could we possibly imagine our knowledge of Christ without the beautiful and instructive letters of St. Paul? The first reading for today is an example of St. Paul crystallizing the identity of Christ. He said, "Christ is the image of the invisible God." (Colossians 1:15) To carry this thought further we recall that through our baptism we are made in the image of Christ. What an awesome thought!

In the gospel for today, we hear Christ being questioned as to why His disciples are not fasting. "The disciples of John (the Baptist) fast often and offer prayers, and the disciples of the Pharisees do the same; but yours eat and drink." (Luke 5:33) That showed that they did not recognize the Christ. Why would they fast when the Bridegroom was present before their very eyes?

Christ in responding to them does not try to diminish His identity, nor should we as baptized Christians. People should be able to recognize us by our respect for ourselves and for others. Anything less would be a compromise..

~ Joan of Jesus, OCDS
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Friday, September 4, 2009

Friday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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