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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 22, A.D. 2003

Hebrews 7:1-3,15-17
Psalm 110:1-4
Mark 3:1-6


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"Grieved at their hardness of heart"

All too often, I realize that this must be Jesus' attitude toward me. Sometime I think that my picture must be next to the definition of hard-hearted. Probably most of us feel that at one time or another.

I don't want to grieve Jesus any more for this cause. How? What can I do to avoid grieving Jesus?

First, the focus should not be on avoiding, but on loving. If I love Jesus, I might grieve Him inadvertently, but certainly not with the cold contempt He must sometimes feel. If I love Him, I would give Him time and attention.

So, if we would not grieve Jesus, our steps should not be so much to avoid grieving Him as to fall in love with Him. Falling in love with Jesus will transform us. It will work changes in us that will make us better able to love Him. We will love Him in the Eucharist, in the Word, and in each other. And every day we will hunger more and more to show Him how much we love Him.

- JuandelaCruz, T.O.Carm (sriddle415@yahoo.com)

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

St. Vincent, deacon, martyr

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