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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 8 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Hosea 11:1-4, 8c-9
Psalm 80:2ac and 3b, 15-16
Matthew 10:7-15

A reflection on today's Scripture:

All that we have is a total gift, as stated in today's gospel:
"Without cost you have received: without cost you are to give." (Matthew 10:8)

At our baptism we became sons and daughters of Christ. Through that sacrament and Confirmation we are challenged to carry out His mission. In this gospel, Christ spells out clearly what we are to do and that we have His assurance that He is always with us.

If only all of us understood that challenge, given in love, by Love Himself!

How often, instead, we hear the comments such as, "I don't get anything out of going to Mass." It is a spillover from our secular society where so often we are looking for rewards without putting out any effort (also known as "entitlement").

Persons speaking in that manner have yet to grasp the tremendous gifts that we have been given, the gifts of faith and redemption, given by God Himself from the Cross. Christ doesn't force Himself on anyone, but He is always at the door of our souls, waiting in love for us to give Him some time and space in our hearts.

O Lord, I pray that I might see!

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

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Thursday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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


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