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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 21, A.D. 2003

Hebrews 6:10-20
Psalm 111:1-2,4-5,9,10c
Mark 2:23-28

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath." (Mark 2:27)

Our readings today express the same general theme as others which follow the Nativity, that Christ is the Son of God Who has been given full authority over all by His heavenly Father. Jesus makes known to the world, God's desire to be reconciled with a humanity dead to Him because of sin and to give it new life through His Messiah. The epistle to the Hebrews tells them to hold fast to their hope for salvation, eternal life, make it their anchor and not grow lax or weary in their pursuit of living in God's Word and in doing good works. Christ is high priest forever, for it was He, through His sacrificial death for us, that allowed Him to penetrate the veil, enter the "Holy of Holies" on our behalf. God's promise is immutable, and we must patiently await its fulfillment with faith and hope.

The Gospel reading deals with the problem of transition from the old to the new, from a religion that worshipped the Law with all its man-made nuances more than it did the God Who authored the Law. In the process of their elaborating on the many aspects of the sabbath rules, they had eliminated what lay at the core: God's love and compassion for His people in need. The religious authorities, who were looking for ways to denigrate Jesus, were scandalized that He permitted His disciples to break the Sabbath, a day which prohibited labor of any sort, by their picking ears of corn to eat. Jesus further angered the Pharisees by justifying His action, implying that His authority exceeds that of King David who with his companions satisfied their hunger by entering the house of God and eating the bread of offering that only priests could lawfully eat.

Compassionate Lord,
teach us to temper our thoughts about others
with Your kindness,
that we may not judge them
through our rigid and harsh attitudes.

- Marie L. Bocko, ocds (mlbocko@borg.com)


St. Agnes, virgin and martyr

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