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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 7, A.D. 2003

Hebrews 13:1-8
Psalm 27:1,3,5,8-9
Mark 6:14-29

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Today's Gospel really bothers me. It sounds like some of the senseless violence we hear about today, so awful and evil that we wish we really hadn't heard it at all. That's how today's Gospel makes me feel! It seems astounding that John the Baptizer should have been caught in such a web and come to such an end. Or is it?

I guess when we speak the Word of God we are always in some temporal danger from the powers of the world. If we didn't know or believe better we could easily be overcome by fear. Instead, even though the outcome for John in human terms seems devastating, if he failed to speak out he would have lost more than his head and his life.

Without God's grace and our cooperation with grace we will always be fearful and be prey to the destructive power of evil. We will always be sacrificing the truth for something far less valuable.

Please Lord, help us to have the right perspective on things, that we may keep our eyes properly focused. Help us to be people of integrity, not be a slave to those who can only take our mortal lives. May we be interested only in pleasing the One who offers instead, eternal life. In those terms there is no contest. Is there?

"The Lord is my light and my salvation: whom shall I fear?" (Psalm 27:1)

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


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