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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 11 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Deuteronomy 30:10-14
Psalm 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36, 37 or Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11
Colossians 1:15-20
Luke 10:25-37

A reflection on today's Scripture:

How often when we were young, we would look for something without finding it, and then our mother would say to us, "It's right under your nose!"

This is what the book of Deuteronomy is trying to tell us about finding God's directions in our lives. How down to earth and practical the words of Scripture are! We're told that we don't have to look up in the sky or travel to distant lands to discover how God wants us to live. The Ten Commandments and the two Great Commandments of the law are "right under our noses."

In the second reading we are lifted up by that beautiful hymn of St. Paul to the Colossians. We're taught that if we want to see God, all we have to do is look at Jesus Christ, for He is "the image of the invisible God." If we complain that God is so silent, then we need only to listen to the words of His Son Jesus.

Today, Jesus speaks in a parable that the world must never forget -- the parable of the Good Samaritan. The message is a clear one. If we want to see Jesus Christ in our lives, we need to look into the eyes of our brothers and sisters in need. This man, the Samaritan, so despised by Jesus' listeners, doesn't just talk about the law, but puts love of neighbor into action.

How ashamed we are of the priest and seminarian who pass by the wounded man. How embarrassed the young scribe must have been when Jesus questioned him at the end of the story. "Which of these three in your opinion was neighbor to the robber's victim?" The young man was unwilling to even say the word "Samaritan," so he said instead, "The one who treated him with mercy." Jesus generously gives him credit for the right answer.

What a beautiful lesson on the word "neighbor" from the world's greatest Teacher!

~ Msgr. Paul Whitmore | email: pwhitmore29@yahoo.com

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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


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