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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 11 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Wisdom 6:1-11
Psalm 82:3-4, 6-7
Luke 17:11-19

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Ten were cleansed, were they not?

In this episode from the Gospel of St. Luke, we hear of the ten lepers who came to Jesus in hopes of healing. All were cleansed and sent to the temple to show that they were purified but only one returned to give thanks. And that one was a Samaritan, not a Jew.

Have we, all of us lepers in sin, been cleansed? Have we not all enjoyed the bounty of Christ, Our Lord, eaten at His table, spoken with Him and with His saints? But how often do we really think about what this means? How often do we stop and consider what we have been given?

We have been given Jesus Christ, son of the Living God. Given Him as savior, as guide, as spiritual food, as our wisdom and our Life. We have been given God incarnate as our personal and immediate friend.

How do we give thanks? Do we begrudge a weekly hour at mass? Do we treat our coworkers and families as though they exist to do our will? How can we claim to give Him glory if all we do is think about our selves?

Every day, every morning when we wake, we should say a prayer of praise for the very act of waking up. We should thank God for His gift of life, even if we aren't feeling like it's very much of a gift at the moment. We should thank God both for the trials that strengthen, and the consolations that give hope.

Thank God for cleansing us of our leprosy, sing praises to Him for His goodness and mercy.

~ JuandelaCruz
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wednesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time

St. Martin of Tours, bishop

Lives of the saints:

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