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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 14 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Kings 21:1-16
Psalm 5:2-3ab, 4b-6a, 6b-7
Matthew 5:38-42

A reflection on today's Scripture:

In Advent, the Church's prayer is heavily influenced by the need for a Savior. We need the Messiah to set us free, to cast out the darkness and order things in righteousness.

The account of Jezebel manipulating Ahab and setting in motion the destruction of Naboth in order to obtain a vineyard (1 Kings 21) is just one case crying out for justice, for righteousness. It is a story told in various ways, many times, in human history. Perhaps I know the story, as a kind of victim or even as a perpetrator. [for supplemental reading and further understanding of this particular scripture clip, please see 1 Kings 21 and 22. ed.]

How hard is the expectation of Jesus that we "offer no resistance to evil"? The gospel lesson today tells us to incorporate into our lives His docility and surrender so that sin and evil are not, in the end, the victors in a struggle, but fools in history, vanquished by grace. This is a set of hard sayings.

Where do I start, Lord, to comply? At least, in the mind and heart, by harboring less hatred, resentment and anger about others with whom we have been involved around differences or even wrongdoings. At least, start with an examination of one's own conscience about where plans became plots, and seek reconciliation. At least, forgive when reconciliation is sought.

"Lord," the closing prayer asks, "may this Eucharist accomplish in your Church the unity and peace it signifies."

~ Rev. Stephen H. Gratto | email: smartins@frontiernet.net

Monday, June 14, 2010

Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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


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