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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 17 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Sirach 48:1-14
Psalm 97:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7
Matthew 6:7-15

A reflection on today's Scripture:

We often speak of the basic three "Rís" in elementary education: reading, writing, and arithmetic. Somehow we have never placed equal importance on our ability to listen. Much of our interaction with others as we go through life involves listening, and to be effective we need to be good listeners. This applies to our prayer life too.

In the gospel of today, Christ reminds us to simplify our prayer life. There is the suggestion that sometimes our prayers can become too long and involved. We might be just saying the words instead of praying. Christ gives us the beautiful prayer, which we now know as the "Our Father," as an example of a good prayer.

Most of us can probably think of an individual who dominates a conversation, or at least they do a lot of the talking. There are many reasons why people do this, which is another topic. This can be very frustrating for others especially if we are unable to share our thoughts with them. When God is speaking to us, will we be in His presence and listening? If not, why not?

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

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Thursday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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