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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 15 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 26:7-9, 12, 16-19
Psalm 102:13-14ab and 15, 16-18, 19-21
Matthew 11:28-30

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Human beings value their freedom very much. There have been many wars throughout history and to this day over personal freedom. Free will, a gift from God, enables us to be free to make our own choices, but also comes with some responsibilities.

We know many instances where countries and perhaps where individuals within a family take away another's freedom. Unfortunately with our weaknesses as individuals we sometimes get ourselves into situations that compromise our freedom. How many "crosses" are of our own making?

Throughout the ministry of Christ, He constantly, but gently, urged His listeners to follow Him and His way. Today's gospel is yet another such example. The Jewish people of His day were bound by hundreds of laws that they were to follow. The term "yoke of the law" referred to that reality. Instead, Christ said, "Take MY YOKE upon you and learn of me because I am meek and humble of heart and you shall find rest for your souls." (see Matthew 11:29-30)

O Lord, help me to value and use my gift of free will appropriately.

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

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thursday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Bonaventure, bishop and doctor of the Church

Lives of the saints:

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