Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 8, A.D. 2003

Hebrews 13:15-17,20-21
Psalm 23:1-6
Mark 6:30-34

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Let us go to a place where we can be alone and get some rest. (Mark 6:31)

"My Shepherd is the Lord, nothing indeed shall I want" (Ps.23:1), is the first verse of a familiar Psalm sung many times throughout our lives. Jesus the Shepherd has so much to teach to the people that he could hardly rest, even though he and his disciples were tired. The people who followed Him around from place to place were so thirsty for knowledge that Jesus couldn't get the rest needed to replenish His spirit. He had to teach them all about the Kingdom of God.

For us to be effective shepherds to others, the First Reading is a reminder that we should praise God, obey Him, and always be eager to please Him. If we follow these instructions we will be giving glory and praise to Jesus forever.

As we continue in the new liturgical year, let us ask Jesus for the special grace to be able to reach out to others by our good example. In less than a month, Lent will begin; as we plan for this season we might focus on prayer, Eucharist, RCIA, Liturgy of the Hours, the Sacrament of Penance, the Stations of the Cross, fasting, simple meals and almsgiving.

O Lord,
show us how to please you.
Give us the gift to praise you,
to allow us to always come closer to you.

- Deacon Bill Powers (uujpow@aol.com)


St. Jerome Emilliani, priest

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