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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 8 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Malachi 3:13-20b
Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6
Luke 11:5-13

A reflection on today's Scripture:

It is a sad state that never before in all of history have we have had so much and yet find ourselves so unhappy. Many of us will never want for anything and we have all the luxuries one can think of. While it is true that there remains much poverty, hunger and illness in the world there are many who have all they want and more.

But at the same time our book stores are stocked with books telling us how to make ourselves feel better. The media is full of programs and things for sale that promise to bring fullness to our lives. The top selling drugs of our age, treat our lifestyles as they combat the effects of high-caloric diets, lack of exercise and depression. For the most part we are rich -- and yet, miserable!

Then, where does one find true happiness and fulfillment?

For the answer, listen carefully to the psalm from today's readings which begins, "Blessed the man who...." The New American translation of this verse begins, "Happy those who...." Both versions go on to explain that the blessed and happy man is the one who delights in God's law and keeps it in his heart night and day.

All the riches in the world will not bring us true happiness. In fact, it seems it can bring just the opposite. True happiness in this life is found in God's law and in His eternal Word.

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

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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


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