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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 18 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

2 Maccabees 7:1, 20-31
Psalm 17:1bcd, 5-6, 8b and 15
Luke 19:11-28

A reflection on today's Scripture:

In today's First Reading, we hear about a mother whose seven sons were executed. She declared that it is better for them to have died than to have disobeyed God's law.

It is a story that might not get too much traction these days since doing anything that requires sacrifice is met instead with a myriad of excuses and clever and creative "workarounds."

Generally speaking, we are not willing to do what is difficult and opt instead for quick fixes and instant gratification. We have lost sight, it seems, of the temporal nature of our earthly existence, forgetting that we are made for eternity.

To have and maintain the proper perspective about heaven and earth requires God's grace and our habitual cooperation with it. Learning and exercising right judgment aren't things we do just once and don't have to revisit, but things that require perseverance lest we get lulled and careless about what really matters.

We must keep in mind that those who disregard themselves for the sake of the Kingdom, like the seven sons in today's Scripture, will inherit it.

How can we do this, how can we stay alert and always willing and able to do what pleases God?

Recently, a Carmelite friar gave our community a very easy pneumonic to remember on this very subject. He said, we must be an MVP -- that is a person who Meditates on the Word of God and puts it into action, one who is Vigilant in matters of faith and finally one who Prays without ceasing.

Keep me Lord as the apple of your eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings. (see Psalm 17:8)

~ Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
| email: drn3rd@hughes.net

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wednesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Dedication of the Basilicas of St. Peter and St. Paul, Rome

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, virgin, religious

Lives of the saints:

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


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