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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

September 9 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Colossians 3:1-11
Psalm 145:2-3, 10-11, 12-13ab
Luke 6:20-26

A reflection on today's Scripture:

In today's Gospel Jesus talks about exclusion and calls those who have been excluded, for the sake of the Gospel, blessed.

Blessed are you when people hate you,
and when they exclude and insult you,
and denounce your name as evil
on account of the Son of Man.

Sometimes we are excluded because of the choices we have made, other times innocently, through no action or fault of our own. Both, we know, can be a source of considerable pain.

Is being excluded a blessing only when we are excluded for the sake of the Gospel?

The magnitude of God's mercy reassures us that all suffering, no matter its origin or circumstances, can be endured for the sake of the Gospel. It allows us to stop ruminating over things and move forward without guilt or remorse, without anger, either at ourselves or for others.

The circumstances don't matter; all that matters is that we accept the opportunity for a blessing and suffer either self-imposed or externally-imposed exclusion, for the sake for the Gospel, in reparation for our sins and the sins of the world.

Blessed are you when you are excluded; make it for the sake of the Gospel.

~ Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
| email: drn3rd@hughes.net

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wednesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

St. Peter Claver, priest

Lives of the saints:

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


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