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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 22 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Romans 6:19-23
Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6
Luke 12:49-53

A reflection on today's Scripture:

In today's Gospel Jesus says, "I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!"

As I read this passage it occurred to me that this was not the first time God used fire in His work and I was particularly drawn back to that scene in Exodus where God showed Himself to Moses in the flaming bush and how God led the Israelites with a pillar of fire at night. In that Exodus story God freed His people from slavery and led them to the Promised Land using the image of fire as a symbol of His great might.

In today's reading Jesus also uses the image of fire to show the great power of God; however, He explains that His mission will cause division. It is a striking contrast to the image of fire in the Exodus story. But there are many similarities between this and that Exodus story as Jesus also gives us freedom from slavery and guides us into the eternal kingdom of God.

Sadly, in both the Exodus story and in today's Gospel we see another recurring theme: God's people can be stiff-necked and tend to stray and God has to take great measures, at times, to get us back on track.

All through history God's plan of salvation has been in place and it remains the same now as it did 2000 years ago and as it did during the Exodus.

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

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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


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