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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 24 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 49:1-6
Psalm 139:1b-3, 13-14ab, 14c-15
Acts 13:22-26
Luke 1:57-66, 80

A reflection on today's Scripture:

By tradition, when we greet a young family we comment to the parents about the physical growth and maturation of their child, but is there an equivalent spiritual growth? Are we forming the spiritual lives of our children and teens? There are the spiritual milestones with the reception of the sacraments, but is there the ongoing spiritual growth?

With advances in science, we now know the long-term effects of nutritional deprivation. Many children today are eating too many starches and fatty foods. A child might be growing in size, but missing key nutritional elements such as certain vitamins or enough calcium resulting in poor health as the child matures. The same is true of spiritual formation. At least with nutrition you can leave the food for them to warm up for themselves. Spiritual formation takes an ongoing process provided directly by the teaching and the good example of adults.

We have a brief overview of the life of St. John the Baptist in today's gospel. One line in the gospel that stands out as a stark reminder to parents and guardians is that "the child grew and became strong in spirit." (see Luke 1:80)

St. John the Baptist, pray for us.

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

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Lives of the saints:

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