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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 15, A.D. 2003

Leviticus 13:1-2,44-46
Psalm 32:1-2,5,11
1 Corinthians 10:31--11-1
Mark 1:40-45

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

As we approach the time of Lent, we learn about the Church's insistence that we examine our souls very deeply. On the surface of things, we hear in the readings about the ugliness of leprosy and Jewish law regulating lepers. My first reaction to Leviticus was, "Well, what's that got to do with me, or anyone I know?"

See how easily we are thrown out of touch with reality by our own "beautiful" selves?!

Of course the scriptural example given us is analogous of our very own sinful souls. We can appreciate the fact that God, having made us in His own image and likeness, might be quite disgusted with our now-ugly souls. St. Paul offers us the plain and uncomplicated answer: "Whatever you do, you should do all for the glory of God." (see: 1 Corinthians 10:31)

If we can do that and avail ourselves of the cleansing, life-giving Sacrament of Reconciliation, we shall become like the leper of today's Gospel: cured. Let us then take these first steps toward a change of heart, a positive movement away from our selfishness and sin. Having made such a move and having taken up the Cross of Jesus, we can indeed sing with the psalmist:

Fight, O Lord,
against those who fight against me;
war against those who war against me.
Take up the shield and buckler,
and rise up in my defense.
Say to my soul,
"I am your salvation." (Psalm 35)

- Joachim (1994)


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