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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 9, A.D. 2003

Job 7:1-4,6-7
Psalm 147:1-2,3-4,5-6
1 Corinthians 9:16-19,22-23
Mark 1:29-39

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

The readings for today continue on the theme of 'mission', of 'apostleship'. In the first reading we encounter poor Job, feeling pretty low. He sees his days as full of drudgery and difficulty. He cannot at this point in his life see beyond that. Haven't we all been a bit like Job at times?

St. Paul, in the second reading, adds that he felt a sense of responsibility to preach the Gospel and that there are consequences if he did not do so. He speaks of the freedom we have been given and the willingness to give up this freedom in order to reach out to as many as possible.

In the Gospel reading today Christ demonstrates for us how we are to use this freedom. Christ is about to become more visible in His mission of the Father. First He goes off by Himself to a quiet place and prays. What an example for us!!! He then moves on to other villages to preach the Gospel. Thus we have the story. We can wallow in our day to day troubles as Job was doing, or we can accept and use the freedom we have been given to act as a disciple of Christ. It is all up to us!!

O Holy Spirit,
strengthen us to do the will of the Father.

- Joan of Jesus, ocds (jmurphy@utica.edu)


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