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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 15, A.D. 2003

Genesis 4:1-15,25
Psalm 50:1,8,16-17,20-21
Mark 8:11-13

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Do we search for heavenly signs, as a means of assurance that we are on the right path in life? Today's gospel passages, brief and to the point, ought to make us realize how pointless such a search is. Jesus' signs speaks volumes. His departure from the midst of the Pharisees does in fact serve as a sober sign of his recognition that even His divine words do nothing for one unwilling to listen to Him in faith. Christ asks us to dedicate each day to him in faith.

A life which is not dedicated to God ends up being a selfish life, a life that excludes both God and one's brothers and sisters. The sort of life, in which one is the center and measure of life, is rooted in the Original Sin of Adam and Eve, whose children we all are. The kinship between Cain and Abel is the sort of relationship towards which sin constantly urges us. It begins with jealously and ends with death: Abel's physical death and Cain's spiritual death.

This same death will be ours unless we are willing to conquer the power of sin in our lives. Sin is conquered first through humility, and perfectly through charity. This perfect love that is God's, we offer in worship. We offer this same love to our brothers and sisters, for God asks us to be each others keepers, that we may as one family keep ourselves rooted in this love.

- Fr. Thomas Hoisington


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