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dc.contributor.authorWaldron, Maureen McCannen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 413en_US
dc.description.abstractWhen my son reads a book, he gets lost. Oblivious to the world around him, he will become so engrossed in the story in his hands, that he doesn't hear doorbells, conversations or the normal clatter of life in a busy home. While at times his complete focus can be exasperating, I also envy it.|I, too, love reading books, but I always have one ear open, conscious of time, people, and the life swirling around me. I lift my eyes from the plot to monitor the rest of the world, and quickly return to the book, but I lose the deepening experience of the story in my hands.|While I don't think Jesus is asking us to ignore the world around us, he is inviting us into a more intense focus, not a more casual, distracted view of the gospel.|Today's gospel begins with Jesus telling his disciples that he will be betrayed and killed before he is raised. We are invited into the life of being a disciple, following Jesus, living his message even in the difficulties, and receiving new life.|Into the middle of Jesus' message comes a question about taxes from Rome. It's a part of real life for Jesus just as it is for us. But rather than get on the tax, Jesus quickly dispenses with it and provides the coin to pay the tax so he can get back to his work. Yes, it's important and part of real life, but it's not the focus.|Our lives are complicated, filled with distractions, hopes, joys, pain and discouragement. Jesus isn't asking us to ignore these or pretend they don't exist. But in the midst of our real and everyday lives, Jesus invites us to ignore the clamor of the anything that take us away from him, that prevent us from deepening our relationship with him.|Do I worry too much about my own success, my image or how I appear? Do I find myself distracted by anger, the inability to forgive and grudges? Are the fears in my life so many that I become self-focussed? Can even my pain and confusion over things within my own church keep me from turning to Jesus?|We aren't being asked to bury our heads in a book but to re-focus, to lift our heads and concentrate long and deeply at only one thing: Jesus as he stands with us, gazing at us with unimaginable love.|Readings Texts On Line|for Sunday|Retreat Pageen_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Monday, August 9, 1999: 19th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitUniversity Ministryen_US
dc.program.unitCollaborative Ministryen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorWaldron, Maureen McCannen_US Timeen_US 19en_US
dc.subject.local1Deuteronomy 10:12-22en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 17:22-27en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ien_US

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