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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 1 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Nehemiah 8:1-4a, 5-6, 7b-12
Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11
Luke 10:1-12

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Today's first reading comes from the book of Nehemiah. (Nehemiah 8:1-12)

I would ask you to get out your bible and read this passage not once, not twice, but three times! Yes, three times -- it is that important!

In this passage Ezra gathers all the people and reads to them from sacred scripture, from the Law of Moses, or the Torah as it is called. Ezra reads from daybreak to midday and all the people are captivated by what they heard Ezra read to them. When I read this passage I could almost feel the way the people felt as they prostrated themselves and were enthralled with the readings of the Law.

When Ezra had completed his reading (remember the people had stood in complete attention half of the day), Nehemiah saw the crowds weeping after hearing the sacred words and his commandment to them was to celebrate! It was a holy day and they should not weep, but rejoice in the Lord and drink sweet drinks and eat the best of the food.

Now I ask you, my sisters and brothers in Christ, when you hear the Word read to you at Mass or on other occasions, are you brought to tears only to follow your sadness with great celebration and rejoicing? Would you fall on the ground in homage to the reading of the Holy Word of God then stand for hours as you listen?

Sadly, I think that for many of us, we hear the word of God with an almost "ho-hum" attitude, wishing the reading would end so the Mass would end early. This is to our detriment! The scripture, while written by humans, is the Sacred Word of the Almighty and we should respect it as such. It has so much to tell us, even in our modern world, and we owe it to ourselves and to God, to listen, learn, love and absorb every Word He has given us.

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

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Thursday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, virgin and doctor of the Church

Lives of the saints:

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


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