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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 12, A.D. 2003

Genesis 2:4-9,15-17
Psalm 104:1-2,27-30
Mark 7:14-23

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person"

This interesting and wonderful of the saying of Jesus leads us to a life of hope. In the time of Jesus, many Jews were concerned about ritual purity. They thought that eating certain things, touching certain things, being in certain places all caused one to fall out of touch with God. Jesus came to announce the true good news--things of this world are not in and of themselves evil, they are good and worthwhile.

There is the "other side" of that Good News--it is the use and the thoughts we have about God's good things that can make for evil. Evil comes from the distortion of the goods that God offers. It comes from valuing the gift more than the giver. Evil stems from improper use and thought about the wonderful things around us.

But more Good News! Jesus gave us a model and a whole list of proper things to think about. More, He continues to give them to us through the Holy Catholic Church. We call those proper objects of meditation the lives of the saints. Proper devotion to the Blessed Mother and to the saints who through the ages set their eyes squarely on God, will teach us to do likewise. We cannot look at the Blessed Mother without seeing that she always, always, always, points us to her Precious Son.

So, when things seem overwhelming, treat yourself like a toddler. The best form of correction from a toddler is to remove the child from the object he or she should not have and give them something else to distract them. Remove yourself from the thoughts of the thing that is illicit from you and spend time with some of the many marvels that God has given us as good and worthy food for thought.

JuandelaCruz, T.O.Carm (sriddle415@yahoo.com)


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