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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

September 22 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Ezekiel 6:7-8, 12b, 14-20
Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5
Luke 8:19-21

A reflection on today's Scripture:

The stark assertion of Jesus, "My mother and brothers are those who hear the word of God and keep it," can stir up discomfort. This is His mother who has come to see Him and was unable to join Him. How can I, who am so unworthy, be called the equivalent?

Perhaps that is the point. It stirs up in me humility. I am not, Lord, worthy, that You come under my roof. Yet, You do. You tell me to hear the Word of God and keep it. In this we become like Mary, the Virgin Mother. The Archangel Gabriel declared the plan of God to Mary and she took this to her heart and soul and bore the Word of God in her womb.

The Word of God is declared to me and I can bring that Word into my heart and soul and as she gave birth to the Word, I can manifest it by many forms of witness and good deeds. It is alive and active, but always needs the human flesh to be noticeable.

If Jesus had stopped and lauded the mother over all others, many would have been discouraged. She has her vocation. I have mine. I am to respond, "Be it done to me according to your Word."

~ Rev. Stephen H. Gratto
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tuesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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