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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 28, A.D. 2003

Hebrews 10:1-10
Psalm 40:2,4,7-8,10-11
Mark 3:31-35 or Matthew 23:8-12


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"...who exalts himself will be abased and the humble exalted." (Matt.23:12)

True faith can't be measured by external practices, but how we relate to God and to our fellow humans. In Christ's day thousands of beasts were sacrificed for sin, yet Scripture reveals that too often those offering sacrifice remained far from God. Their hearts were not touched by His truth and love; their behavior showed no genuine repentance nor effort at reformation.

Today we no longer need to spill the blood of animals to symbolically expiate our sins; Christ has cleansed us "once and for all" with His own precious Blood, restored us to friendship with our all-holy God by paying for us the penalty of death sin deserves and thus saving us from eternal damnation. Yet, though Jesus so graphically revealed to us our heavenly Father's love and our need for redemption, many hearts remain cold and worship in a routine manner.

Psalm 40 prefigures God, through Jesus, reaching toward us to prompt our love for Him and obedience to His truths. On our part, such an act, inspired by gratitude and humility, would result in a renewed humanity and a world imbued with justice and peace. Both of today's Gospel readings point us in this direction. In Matthew, Jesus tells us His Father is Master of all, that by our humbly accepting His sovereignty over us, we will be exalted, if not in this world, surely in eternity.

The mustard seed in Mark's Gospel represents the growth of God's kingdom, our only safe haven. Few will be called to be great theologians like Thomas Aquinas, but we are all called to contribute to the kingdom's growth. We can begin by humbly receiving Christ's forgiveness and His sanctifying grace through His Holy Spirit.

Blessed Lord,
May all we do in the Name of Jesus, Your Son,
move this world
toward your truth, love, justice and peace. Amen.


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

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

St. Thomas Aquinas, religious, priest, doctor of the Church

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