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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 30 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Jeremiah 26:1-9
Psalm 69:5, 8-10, 14
Matthew 13:54-58

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds? (Matthew 13:54)

Our morning paper and evening TV programs show that man has not changed since Jeremiah's day. When the prophet warned the people of Judah that God would severely punish their idolatry and immorality, the priests and prophets planned to have him killed for delivering such an offensive message. What fueled their anger was that they were among those guilty of these sins.

Today we would use a more civilized way of silencing a critic by calling upon the media to do a thorough character assassination. Despite the threat to his life, Jeremiah stood by God's word and convinced many of its truth. Indeed, as God revealed, Babylon did level Jerusalem and held many Israelites in a lengthy exile.

To this day, God's laws are still not seen to be an expression of His love for us. Instead many resent them as an invasion of their freedoms. Humanity continues to lack the intelligence to see that God's law is actually a recipe to follow if we truly wish to create world peace. It shows us that jealousy, pride, dishonesty, greed, self will, status, and lust are the basis of all human conflicts.

In our gospel we meet our Father's ultimate prophet, Jesus Christ, Who is the Incarnation of God's Holy Law. He is visiting Nazareth, His native home, where He would face rejection rather than a proud welcome to laud Him for His great deeds done elsewhere. They were also amazed at the great wisdom of His talk given in their synagogue, for was He not just a carpenter's son?

This led them to think He was being pretentious, not genuine, and in consequence they closed their minds and hearts to receiving God's blessings from Him. Those who have no knowledge of God through prayer and scripture, and to whom He remains a stranger, will be unable to recognize His Presence, neither in Christ nor in His prophets. In essence they have exiled their God-given spiritual nature which they can regain by cleansing themselves of all prejudice and then sincerely opening their minds and hearts to their Creator.

Almighty Father,
teach us humility by showing us our losses for each time we closed ourselves to Your Word.

~ Marie Bocko, OCDS | email: mlbocko(at)twcny(dot)rr(dot)com

Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Peter Chrysologus, bishop and doctor of the Church

Lives of the saints:

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


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