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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 9 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Joel 1:13-15; 2:1-2
Psalm 9:2-3, 6 and 16, 8-9
Luke 11:15-26

A reflection on today's Scripture:

As children we took delight in stacking dominoes or blocks and then at some point we would knock them over or just let them fall. As we matured, we learned to extend that building process into building relationships as we learned to share and communicate.

As adults we spend much of our time "building." We establish human bonds, become educated, set up our homes and families. We use our skills to solidify this "building process." Unlike our experiences with dominoes and blocks, we also learn that sometimes when things fall apart, such as with human and material tragedy, we cannot fix them. We can only pray, try to support others and hope that we were not the cause of it in some way.

In our Gospel Reading of today, Christ said "Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters." (Luke 11:23) We also heard that "Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house." Luke 11:17)

Please God,
let my message to others be one of peace.
Let me bring Your hope and love when "the blocks fall down."

~ Joan of Jesus, OCDS
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Friday, October 9, 2009

Friday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

St. Denis, bishop and martyr and his companions, martyrs

St. John Leonardi, priest

Lives of the saints:

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


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