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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 20 A..D. 2010


Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:



Micah 7:14-15, 18-20
Psalm 85:2-4, 5-6, 7-8
Matthew 12:46-50


A reflection on today's Scripture:



In today's First Reading we have lovely language that alludes to God's solicitous care for us, as a shepherd for His sheep. One of His "tools," we read, is His shepherd's staff. He uses it, like all shepherds, to draw together the sheep into an intimate relationship -- one to another and to Himself. Also, He uses it as a "tool" to separate the sheep's thick and wooly coat, freeing it from thorns that have entangled it.

Don't these images remind us of our need for such a "tool" that brings us into life-giving and sustaining relationships and frees us from those that have ensnared us?

What wonderful thoughts these are about how perfectly God leads and guides us and looks after our well-being, often snatching us from sure and certain harm.

With this in mind, let us meditate on the image of our vigilant and well-armed Christ and contemplate how the Church is like a shepherd's staff -- an extension of His arm and a tool that saves us and brings us safely to everlasting life.

~ Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS | email: drn3rd@hughes.net





Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Apollinaris, bishop and martyr







Lives of the saints:









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