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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

Augst 4 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Jeremiah 31:1-7
Jeremiah 31:10, 11-12ab, 13
Matthew 15: 21-28

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Have you ever wanted something so badly that you would do anything to get it? Maybe it was a new car. Perhaps it was that job you always wanted. Perhaps it was that man or woman you were attracted to. Regardless of what it was, think back and remember the deep emotions and passionate feelings you had for that thing that you wanted.

Now reflect for a moment on today's Gospel reading. The gentile woman who came to Christ pleading for her daughter wanted her daughter to be returned to health so badly that she would do anything including begging on her knees to Jesus. Jesus' response to her seems somewhat odd to us. However, think about how He was really responding. Was He sternly rejecting her? Was He simply referring to the fact that He was a Jew and abiding by the Jewish law of the time? Was He really encouraging her to be persistent in her request? Regardless of Jesus' reason for His response, the point of today's Gospel is that she was persistent, and it was her faith - her faith in the Lord to do all things - that healed her daughter.

Now reflect for a moment on the things you want from the Lord. Do you want those things and desire them with the same passion that you wanted that new car, that new job or the attractive man or woman? This is how we should come to our Lord with persistent faith in Him. Our Lord loves us and wants to do things for us and will respond to our persistent prayer.

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

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint John Vianney, priest

Lives of the saints:

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


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