Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

September 11 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Timothy 1:1-2, 12-14
Psalm 16:1b-2a and 5, 7-8, 11
Luke 6:39-42

A reflection on today's Scripture:

The Gospel of today centers on the topic of judging the actions of others as noted by the phrase "you see the splinter in your brother's eye, but miss the wooden beam in your own." Much could be said about the topic and it is a fairly common fault.

One possible cause of the problem might be that we have so much bombarding our senses in our culture today. Our thoughts go outward in response to these auditory and visual stimuli. We ponder the news, listen to music, read and watch television. While these activities are worthwhile to a limited degree, they can cut into our time for quiet self-reflection. We might not be in touch with our innermost thoughts. We might not realize our tendencies to react inappropriately, such as by judging others.

While there are many lessons that might be taken from this parable, one might be to evaluate how much time we are setting aside from the noises and harmonies of life to set our own house in order.

~ Joan of Jesus, OCDS
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Friday, September 11, 2009

Friday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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