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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 21, A.D. 2003

Genesis 11:1-9
Psalm 33:10-15
Mark 8:34--9:1

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

In today's readings from both the Old and New Testament, we have a clear indication of what becomes of men who seek their own glory and fame. Perhaps at face value, building a tower or trying to save one's life doesn't seem so bad, but when we consider the motivation behind such activities we begin to see the source of error.

In our own age, personal accomplishment is so esteemed, that too often we also fail to recognize the insidiousness of pride and the eroding effect it has on charity and concern for others.

It is without question our responsibility to use the gifts God has given us to do wondrous things, but not for our own self-aggrandizement and at the expense of our brethren, but for the glory of God and the good of all mankind.

With this perspective always in mind, we tend not to hoard our gifts or distribute them selectively, but see all men as our brothers, all worthy of our time and treasure - indeed the face of the suffering Christ in them all.

Let us then be determined to be less self-absorbed, less preoccupied about our own interests and practice works of genuine charity. May we seek to be constant in our resolve; and with God's grace may all we do be not just for our own salvation, but that of the world.

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


St. Peter Damian, bishop, doctor of the Church

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