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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 29 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Jeremiah 18:1-6
Psalm 146:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6ab
John 11:19-27 or Luke 10:38-42

A reflection on today's Scripture:

We do not always realize that we are being formed by the events and circumstances of our lives. Sometimes in retrospect, the "pieces" of our life make sense and we can see the "hand of God" in what has happened.

In today's readings, Jeremiah makes reference to clay in the hands of the potter, a clear image of how God can be forming us throughout our lives. The gospel reading depicts a change in Martha with the death of her brother, Lazarus. Earlier Mary sat quietly at the feet of Christ while Martha busied herself with food preparations. This time Martha seeks out Christ and expresses an act of faith, believing that Christ could have prevented the death of her brother.

It is a challenge sometimes remaining open to the events that can change us. Events can be wasted on us if we spend our energy reacting negatively instead of leaning gracefully and lovingly into the hands of the Potter, God Himself.

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

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Martha

Lives of the saints:

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


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