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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 10 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Kings 18:41-46
Psalm 65:10, 11, 12-13
Matthew 5: 20-26

A reflection on today's Scripture:

It is a privilege, as well as a big responsibility, to call ourselves Christians. The day of our Baptism changed our very identity. It is up to us with our gift of free will to form and inform ourselves on an ongoing basis as that person. Every encounter with another person is important.

Anger, as mentioned in the gospel today, is a normal emotional reaction, but it is how we handle that emotion that is significant. This is a challenge for most people. Christ taught us that we are to love everyone. We have proof of that love through His death on the cross. To falter in quenching anger is tricky, and we may fail at times, but we are to separate the actions of another from their person, and continue to love them. This is especially important when we are caring for children, the helpless and the elderly. They always need to be assured of our love even though their actions might make us angry. For example, how many parents have had to contend with powder being sprinkled all over a room? Oh, the joys of parenthood!

In the gospel of today, Christ said, "I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment." (see Matthew 5:22)

"Forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us." (The Our Father)

~ Joan of Jesus, OCDS | email: jmurphy(at)syracuse(dot)net

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thursday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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


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