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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 14 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 10:5-7, 13b-16
Psalm 94:5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 14-15
Matthew 11:25-27

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Arrogance is defined as "an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or in presumptuous claims or assumptions."

No word could better define how the nation of Israel had become at the time if Isaiah. To show the people of Israel their folly, Isaiah uses some beautiful imagery asking "Will the axe boast against him who hews with it? Will the saw exalt itself above him who wields it?" Of course, the answer is no: the axe has no power over he who swings it just as the saw can do nothing to the person who cuts with it. Axes and saws are powerless, inanimate objects.

The Israelites were nothing more than axes and saws, but in their arrogance they believed they had great power and could ignore God's laws. But in reality they had no power at all especially in the face of God's anger.

As our scientific knowledge, our success and our seemingly great accomplishments continue to expand, it seems God gets smaller and smaller. But as our own presumptuousness grows, God really never gets smaller. In fact our true need for him grows larger and larger. Don't ever be fooled by letting arrogance creep into your life!

~ Don Claunch, SFO | email: dlclaunch@bresnan.net

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Memorial of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, virgin

Lives of the saints:

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


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