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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 21 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Jeremiah 1:1, 4-10
Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a, 5-6ab, 15 and 17
Matthew 13:1-9

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Excuses, excuses!

Everyone today seems to have an excuse for everything. It seems we have raised "creating excuses" to a new art form and we can find an excuse for almost anything. In my job at the hospital where I work, I have approximately 150 employees in the departments I am responsible for and every week I hear a litany of excuses why people are late for work, why their work is not done, why they were absent, why they cannot follow policies and protocols and on and on and on.

As followers of Christ, the one true God, we are called to do certain things. We are all called to spread the gospel and to love our neighbor as ourselves and to love God above all things. How many excuses can we find to avoid obeying these commandments?

Moses made an excuse when he was called saying he was a poor speaker. The great prophets made plenty of excuses as Jeremiah does in today's first reading. But, we have no need of excuses! God does not ask of us anything He is not willing to help us accomplish, just as He did for Jeremiah ages ago.

So, from here on out no more excuses!

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

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Louis of Brindis, priest and doctor of the Church

Lives of the saints:

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


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