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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 12 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 1:10-17
Psalm 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23
Matthew 10:34-11:1

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Jesus my Lord, you speak to me Gospel words that "your yoke is easy and your burden is light." Yet, these seem like harsh words: "Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth." And more, "one's enemies will be those of his household." How is this yoke easy and turbulent at once? How is a burden sweet and yet producing animosities among family members?

The burden is sweet because it is created in divine love and emanates divine love. Love the Lord more than anyone else. Jesus shows us how to love others. The decisions about faith are the same among all the members of the family of the "body." Will each one love the Lord above all others and love neighbor as oneself? Or will the hallmark resistance be to the Will of the Lord?

When I do not give up on my love for the Lord despite the opposition or indifference from within my family, I do bear a cross and Jesus says, "Whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me." I cannot bear a cross of bitterness and say, "This is from the Lord." No, I carry it with joy because it is of the Lord; it is sweet to be, in some small way, a sign of Him. I persevere in love for others because I am renewed in the love of the Lord.

O Lord, by our sharing in the mystery of this Eucharist,
let Your saving Love grow within us.

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

Monday, July 12, 2010

Monday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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