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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 18, A.D. 2003

Hebrews 4:12-16
Psalm 19:8-10,15
Mark 2:13-17


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

The Gospel tells us that Jesus came to call sinners not the self-righteous. Sometimes we are unable to judge others impartially, conjuring opinions of a person by simply seeing them and not even knowing them. Consider that Jesus taught crowds of people as they flocked about Him. That was His mission: to teach, heal and save - not to judge. Whenever we catch ourselves forming an opinion about someone that we live or work with, we should carefully ask ourselves: 'What would Jesus do?"

In today's fast world, we don't take the time to get to know who a person really is. We simply make excuses that we don't have the time to deal with people to whom we are not related. When Jesus sat and ate with the tax collectors and sinners, He was criticized by people who complained to His disciples.

Let us ask ourselves: What do we do when we want to bring someone closer to Jesus? Do we sit and eat with them? Do we listen carefully to them? Do we teach by example? As the new Church year begins let us resolve to do more to help others grow closer to Jesus.

Heavenly Father,
Give us the wisdom to know what to say and do,
to lead your people to a new
and wonderful relationship with God. Amen.


- Deacon Bill Powers (uujpow@aol.com)

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



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