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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 18, A.D. 2003

Hebrews 4:1-5
Psalm 7:1-5,11
Mark 2:1-12


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

It seems astounding to realize that all the ills that befell the Israelites were because they forget how good God had been to them and the marvels He worked on their behalf. Yet today's Responsorial Psalm reminds us of just that fact: Israel's great sin was that they forgot what the Lord had done for them.

Perhaps if we consider the times we have experienced fervor and love for God - only to later grow tepid - we might begin to realize what the consequence of a forgetful spirit can be. When we find our selves becoming careless about faithfulness to prayer and slow to gratefulness, isn't it our own "brush" with forgetfulness, a catalyst that opens the door to sin?

Let us then consider how something as apparently innocuous as 'forgetting' can be, and vow to nurture the grace of a loving and remembering heart.

The Lord is faithful in all His words
and holy in His deeds.
(Ps 145:13)

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

http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/

St. Anthony, abbot

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