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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 11, A.D. 2003

1 John 5:14-21
Psalm 149:1-2,3-4,5-6,9
John 3:22-30

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

If we ask Him for anything, He will hear us.

As I write this, the snow falls peacefully onto the earth removing any scars or unsightly landscape, covering it with a blanket of white. The white covering recalls the beauty of a bride about to make the commitment of marriage to her bridegroom. The groom stands there alongside his best man ready to make his commitment. The groom's best man and the bride's maid of honor wait, listen, and are overjoyed to hear their promises. What a humble man John the Baptist was as he proclaimed his love for Jesus. "The Lord takes delight in His people and He gives victory to those who are humble." (Psalm 149:4)

Today we have another opportunity to apply these Scriptures to our personal life. Do we adhere to our practice of daily prayer, praying for ourselves, the Church and for those whom we know need a help from our Lord? The degree of our personal worship depends upon the power of the Lord in our lives, not solely on us. We show the way to the Father when we tell others that we pray for them!

In the early days of this New Year, if we haven't promised ourselves that we will pray more and follow the Gospel, we still have a great opportunity to begin today! Let us sing to the Lord a new song! (Ps.149)

Like the three wise men,
we are here to worship you, Jesus.
We have no gold, but we give you our love.
We have no frankincense, we give you our prayers.
We have no myrrh, so we give you ourselves.

(Children's Mass Book. Closing Prayer, Epiphany)

- Deacon Bill Powers (uujpow@aol.com)


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