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07/13/2004: "Daily Reflection on Scripture"

When I first heard today's Gospel from the pulpit, it made me think of how important it was to follow God's commands. But as I read it to make today's reflection, an interesting thought crossed my mind: what if some see this as a justification to behave poorly?

We haven't been given the blessing that Capernaum was given of Jesus's presence. We haven't seen him perform miracles like they did. Sodom, the worst of all places, will receive some comfort on judgement day (more so than Capernaum it seems), so won't we, even if we don't live up to His commandments (like Sodom)?

Of course this is just non-sense. We all will be held accountable for our actions. But it just brought to mind how scripture without context, without prayer, without guidance, can often lead us down errant paths.

May each day be an opportunity to open up scripture prayerfully and discern God's word in it through the guidance of His Church.


Other blogs I read:
Jimmy Akin
Crowhill's blog
Amy Welborn's 'open book' blog
Secondhand Smoke-Wesley Smith
Envoy Encore
Dale Price's blog
Mark Shea (On sabatical)

The Church I participate in:
Official Vatican Site
US Conference of Bishops
Sacramento Diocese
SS Peter and Paul Parish

Good Catholic Websites:
NewAdvent-Encyclopedia, Bible, Etc.
Zenit Catholic News
EWTN: Catholic TV and radio
Mass times for US travelers

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