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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 26 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Romans 8:12-17
Psalm 68:2 and 4, 6-7ab, 20-21
Luke 13:10-17

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Completely Incapable of Standing Erect. . . . (see Luke 10:11)

What a wonderful image we have of ourselves in today's gospel!

Each of us, in his or her unique way, is completely hunched over, completely deformed by the sins of our lives. We have been crippled by a spirit of pride or a spirit of rebellion, or a spirit of carelessness, or any number of other spirits that wander the world today under the name of "freedom." And this spirit has deformed us, crippled us, made us incapable of standing up.

But Jesus takes each of us by the hand and drives away the spirit. In the joy of His presence, we are made whole. We can take His hand and stand up straight. Yet, there is some perverse part of us that resents this -- as shown by those who would criticize His kindness.

Let's not be like that, when we see a broken spirit raised; even if that person were a cause of great harm to us, let us rejoice that God can see past our pettiness and see what is good for each person and what is good for us all. To stand tall we mustn't always be looking for the dirt on other people's feet! So take Jesus by the hand and stand tall. Look your brother or sister in the eye and welcome them as co-laborers, those who will work with us against the spirits of the present world.

~ JuandelaCruz
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Monday, October 26, 2009

Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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