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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 6 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Romans 15:14-21
Psalm 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4
Luke 16:1-8

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Years ago this writer was blessed to practice nursing at an infirmary for elderly nuns. Though some were there temporarily, many lived out their final days in that setting. One of the many beautiful experiences was to witness their reception of the Sacrament of the Sick, or "Last Rites" as we called the sacrament at that time. The priest, also an elderly man, would slowly and deliberately anoint each of their senses, plus their hands and feet with oil.

Some of these women had come from foreign countries to serve the people in the United States. They had given up much and served faithfully many years as teachers, nurses, cooks, secretaries and in other roles. Their lives also placed them at times in dangers, such as dealing with the physical aftermath of race disruptions in Selma, Alabama.

Today's gospel is about stewardship. Each of us has many responsibilities as stewards. One way to consider the stewardship of our bodies is to reflect on that beautiful Sacrament of the Sick. Have I used my senses and hands and feet to build up the Kingdom of God? It would also be a way to examine our consciences before we sleep each night. We have the gift of many days and nights. We hope God will judge us as good and faithful stewards.

~ Joan of Jesus, OCDS
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Friday, November 6, 2009

Friday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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


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