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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 6, A.D. 2003

Hebrews 12:18-19,21-24
Psalm 48:2-4,9-11
Mark 6:7-13


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

The scene in today's first reading from Hebrews is that of an eschatalogical swearing-in to full citizenship in the Kingdom of God to all those loyal to the Lamb. What a superb scene, and how ecstatic are those who are now full members of Christ and citizens of the Heavenly Jerusalem.

Those Judaeo-Christians spoken to by the writer of Hebrews were probably not full citizens of the Roman Empire. It was very difficult to become a Roman citizen, and a privilege reluctantly granted by most of the emperors. But...not to worry!...the new Christians have bypassed this envied goal and have achieved the highest citizenship of all...that of first-born heirs of the richest and most powerful king in all the world...God the Father!

Do we cherish our identity? Are we aware of who we really are? Let us live accordingly, bearing any indignity, any trial, any suffering gladly and proudly, for we will inherit that kingdom through the mercy and indulgence of our Brother, Jesus, who has paid for us with His Blood. May we meditate on this thought, letting the power of the grace attached, strengthen our faith and steel our resolve to persevere to the end.

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore (smartins@twcny.rr.com)

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

St. Paul Miki, priest, martyr
and companions, martyrs

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