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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 14, A.D. 2003

Genesis 3:1-8
Psalm 32:1-2,5-7
Mark 7:31-37

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

In today's gospel, and indeed in several other places in Holy Scripture, Jesus tells those He has cured and those who have seen Him cure others, not to tell anyone what they had seen. In spite of His admonition people just couldn't seem to refrain from talking about what they had seen, heard or otherwise witnessed.

What then is the lesson for us? Some might say that talking about the good things Jesus did, certainly isn't something that is wrong except that He specifically said: "Tell no one." For me, the lesson is not to try and understand things of God in a purely intellectual way. Our intellect, though wonderful, is subject to error and deception. Instead we must accept things of God with dark blind faith. This might seem an affront to our God-given intellect, but as the incident in the Garden of Eden recounted in today's First Reading demonstrates, our intellect can be deceived -- and disobedience has dire consequences.

In response to this, we cannot depend on our own wisdom or even that of seemingly credible and convincing wisdom of others, but must rely instead on the Word of God and the institution that has been commissioned by Jesus to safeguard, spread and defend it: the Holy Roman Catholic Church. Let us then submit in faith to what the Catholic Church teaches so that we might proceed in confidence without the threat of deception and error.

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


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