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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 31, A.D. 2003

Hebrews 10:32-39
Psalm 37:3-6,23-24,39-40
Mark 4:35-41


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

In today's First Reading St Paul reminds us of something we intuitively know, but seldom carefully consider. That is: patience is needed to do God's will "and receive what He has promised." Living in these current times we have a lot to learn about patience. There is almost nothing that we "want" that we can't get - already made or grown, if not already cooked and in our size and favorite color. Compared to other generations we know nothing about the value and, indeed, the necessity of patience. Is it any wonder that we expect God to quickly and expeditiously deliver all we desire and think we need.

Having this kind of mind-set, we are prone to discouragement and fall prey to the devil who always offers us a quick but not lasting "fix". If we consider that patience is necessary and that we have little of it, what are we to do? It seems easy to say, "I will try and be more patient in all things," but usually our resolve lasts only briefly and does not become a matter of habit.

The solution does not depend (thank God) on our resolve, strength and abilities but, our willingness to rely on those of the Lord. It is only when we acknowledge our helplessness and submit in humility that God's Spirit in us becomes untethered.

Pray then for true self knowledge and true wisdom that we may recognize our limitations and indeed powerlessness and be like the psalmist who writes: "I was helpless so He saved me." (Ps 116) Then, what ordinarily might frighten or frustrate or seemingly fetter us, will become an ingredient in God's loving plan for our salvation.

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

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St. John Bosco, priest

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