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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 10, A.D. 2003

1 John 5:25-13
Psalm 147:12-15,19-20
Luke 5:12-16

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

There is a word in the entrance antiphon for today's Mass that caught my attention. The antiphon says, "The Lord is a light in the darkness to the upright, He is gracious, merciful and just." (Psalm 111:4)

Describing the Lord as gracious, paints a picture of one who is conscientious about the comfort and well being of another; of one who goes out of his way to make people feel welcome, at ease, important, worthy. Perhaps graciousness is not necessarily one of the words many would choose as an adjective to describe the Lord, but when you think about it, the word is very fitting.

This is born out in today's Gospel. Jesus is confronted by a leper who implores Him for healing. We are told that the leper in great faith said that if Jesus willed to do so he would be healed. In His graciousness Jesus did not put on any flamboyant show, but simply and kindly said, "I do will it." With these simple and profound words Jesus not only demonstrated His power, but His graciousness -- His concern that the man not only be made well, but that he not be made to grovel.

Let this example given in today's Gospel message help us to remember what our God is really like: how anxious He is to respond to our cries; how attentively He listens; how graciously He responds.

"I do so will it. Be cured."

- Donna Raye Nelson, ocds (drn3rd@hotmail.com)


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