Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 20, A.D. 2003
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Today's Gospel message says we should not put or sew the "new" into or
onto what is "old." It seems reasonable advice, but I wonder what Jesus
At times like this, the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit is so
essential. In fact, when we think we understand, maybe its even more
imperative that we seek the Holy Spirit to illumine the truth or
falsehood of our perceptions.
The Holy Spirit will never mislead us if we are determined to seek Him
in truth, with humility and with perfect love and trust. The Spirit's
good counsel will open our minds; the truth will become clear, the
message more succinct and readily applicable.
Jesus did not come to patch up what was wrong with the ancient law - to
fill in the worn out spots with new cloth, but to create a new, holy,
and wholly new garment. He did not want us to just take in what He
preached and taught as if we were wine skins that could be filled up
with what ever new teaching might come along.
Jesus demanded that we become a new creation clothed in the garment of
His love, changed creatures with a new heart living in new "skins."
- Donna Raye Nelson, ocds
St. Fabian, pope, martyr
St. Sebastian, martyr
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