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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 3, A.D. 2003

Hebrews 11:32-40
Psalm 31:20-24
Mark 5:1-20


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Today's Gospel tells of Jesus' passage through the Gerasene territory, as He proclaims the Good News of salvation. We may recall this is the place where a man possessed by a multitude of devils recognized Jesus as the Son of God and pleaded with Him to depart and leave him alone. As we know from Scripture, Jesus powerfully called the devils out of the poor man, and they entered a nearby herd of pigs which immediately plunged into a lake and drowned. What parallel might we draw from this astounding miracle?

Have we ourselves not been tempted to allow a little devil or two to enter into our hearts from time to time in a moment of carelessness or even self-will? Have we perhaps allowed such laxity to become a habit, making our conscience a little more calloused than ever before? Has our sloth made it easier to commit even more grievous sins over time? If we allow temptation to have its way, the flicker of faith that harbors God's light - His grace within us - will grow dim, and without intervention, will become extinguished. Our first reading today described the tenacity of faith held by the saints of old. St. Paul exhorts us to imitate them, bolstered as we are by the Living Grace that flows from the redeeming act of Jesus the Son of God.

Let us not allow that supreme act of the Son of God to be made in vain, because of our lack of firm resolve to overcome sin. Today, let us firmly resolve to change our lives in the smallest of matters. Let us call upon God's grace to move us to kindness and love towards our neighbor, to shun our desire to have everything for ourselves. Let us expel the demons within, that God's grace may vivify us.

- Joachim, ocds

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

St. Blase, bishop and martyr
St. Ansgar, bishop

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