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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 12 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Romans 1:1-7
Jonah 98:1bcde, 2-3ab, 3cd-4
Luke 11:29-32

A reflection on today's Scripture:

At the Preaching of Jonah, They Repented. . . . (see Luke 11:32)

Jonah went to the Ninevites, and the King of the land ordered all the people to demonstrate their repentance.

Repentance is a good practice. Not sackcloth and ashes, not wailing and weeping, but a deep, ongoing reevaluation of how I encounter and respond to God each day. St. Ignatius of Loyola and a great many other saints recommended the daily practice of the examen of conscience -- but in reality this is daily repentance, daily course correction.

As we go through our daily rounds, it is wise for us to consider this ongoing repentance, this ongoing course correction. We don't need to wait for a time or a season. We can just look and see if we're treating others as we would like to be treated, to see if we're living as though God is the most important thing in our lives.

This will show in our actions toward others ("they will know we are Christians by our love") as the popular song goes. It also shows through the eternal, immutable joy we will feel in all circumstances. If God matters and is present in all the passages of our lives, we will have joy in this present darkness.

~ JuandelaCruz |
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Monday, October 12, 2009

Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

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