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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 14 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Wisdom 18:14-16; 19: 6-9
Psalm 105:2-3, 36-37, 42-43
Luke 18:1-8

A reflection on today's Scripture:

But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth? (Luke 18:8)

Both the passage from the Book of Wisdom and Psalm 105 show that throughout Israel's history, God had remained faithful to His promise to Abraham, to rescue His people from their every calamity. But first they must acknowledge and repent their having brought suffering upon themselves through disobedience or faithlessness; such behavior shuts God and His graces out of their lives. In their helpless state, many were taken to Egypt to serve as slaves until God felt it was time to restore their freedom.

Scripture reveals His having to take disastrous measures to convince Pharaoh to release His people. Seven deadly plagues on Pharaoh's nation, followed by the striking down of all their firstborn infants before he agreed to free them. In revenge Pharaoh sent troops to pursue the Israelites, kill them and take their belongings, however, all his soldiers were drowned in an avalanche of water when God, Who had parted the Red Sea for His people to escape, restored its normal level on them.

Today's gospel sheds light on Christ's insistence that His disciples are to pray always and never grow weary of it, for failure to keep in contact with their source of light and strength will leave them ignorant of God and vulnerable to every evil. When all is going well, many tend to forget prayer, but Christ is telling us that living up to our being created in God's image requires us to come to know Him intimately and learn to apply His love and truth in our daily lives in all our relationships.

The parable in which the widow's persistence gains her a proper and fair decision from an unscrupulous judge should give us the assurance that our All Holy and Loving God will surely see that justice and truth will always be given us in the best possible way and time. Christ's question, then, implies that our human skepticism, impatience and unbelief will separate us from the Son of Man, the very One sent by our Father to save us.

O Father of all Good,
draw us to drink deeply and share abundantly the love and the truth that You have given us in Your Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

~ Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Saturday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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