Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 9, A.D. 2003

1 John 4:19--5:4
Psalm 72:1-2,14-15,17
Luke 4:14-22

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Today's readings are tremendously challenging. They begin with reminding us that words are not enough when it comes to living our faith. We cannot love God and "hate" our neighbor! What does this "hate" mean? It means not looking after the welfare of our neighbor. What do we actually do to benefit his spiritual welfare? What do we actually do to care for him if he is hungry, to clothe him if he is naked, to comfort him if he is in sorrow? We are called upon to inconvenience ourselves, to give some of our precious time.

In the Gospel, Jesus claims that He will fulfill the justice demanded in the Jubilee Year celebrated every fifty years. In effect, His followers must bring out the justice of the Jubilee Year every year. Christ is born into this world, He will be 'born' through us. Indeed, a challenge that demands much prayer and reflection.

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore (smartins@twcny.rr.com)


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