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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 19 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Maccabees 2:15-29
Psalm 50:1b-2, 5-6, 14-15
Luke 19:41-44

A reflection on today's Scripture:

If Jesus walked the face of the earth today and came upon the city where you live, would He weep over your city as He did over Jerusalem? Would He prophesy that your city faced eventual destruction as He did for Jerusalem? Jesus wept over Jerusalem because its people had turned their backs on Him as they had done the prophets for ages and as they had done to the Law of Moses. Their hard hearts made it so that what was needed for peace was hidden from their eyes.

The nation of Israel, and in fact all peoples, had been given what they needed for peace since the fall of Adam in the garden. God's eternal plan of salvation extended from the giving of the law to the final sacrifice of His only Son and this plan was all that the people needed. It would free them from sin and death and bring the ultimate peace. But humans have rejected it since the beginning of time.

I think Jesus would weep over our cities whose inhabitants, to a large extent, have once again turned away from God's plan and are now blind to what is needed for peace. I pray for all of us that we may see the truth and once again discover that peace which surpasses all understanding.

~ Don Claunch, SFO
| email: dlclaunch@bresnan.net

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thursday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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


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