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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 24, A.D. 2003

Hebrews 8:6-13
Psalm 85:8,10-14
Mark 3:13-19

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

In today's Gospel the names of the twelve Apostles are given. Hearing the names of the men that Jesus chose, evokes something in me that at first seems comforting and endearing until the Gospel writer gets to the end of the list and names Judas Iscariot and adds, "who betrayed Him." It makes me realize again the tragedy of sin, all its heartache and disappointment.

Some pragmatic individuals might say that having 11 out of 12 "make it", so to speak, isn't so bad. We know differently and so did Jesus who in the Garden agonized that so much of what He offered Judas and indeed every one, would be in vain.

On hearing the glorious names of the Apostle saints, let us pray that if God should list all of us, we wouldn't be like the Iscariot who is remembered for all eternity as the betrayer. Let not that sad and final phrase ever be associated with us who, like the Twelve, were called out of love not only for their salvation, but for that of the world.

I call you my friends, says the Lord,
for I have made known to you
all that my Father has told me.
(John 15:15)

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


St. Francis de Sales, bishop, doctor of the Church

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