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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 27, A.D. 2003

Sirach 5:1-8
Psalm 1:1-4,6
Mark 9:41-50

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

The readings today are filled with sober, straight-out common sense. Ben Sira and Jesus are on the same wave-length! The readings serve as warnings to the careless to be aware of the dangers of delaying any need for repentance for sin and conversion to the Lord. Similar to the warning strips on highways that nudge us back on the road, or that warn us of a complete stop ahead, both Sirach and the Gospel message provide a reality check for those distracted by the attractions of the world, the flesh, and Satan.

A good question for us to ponder today would be a "what if....": What if I had said something to a son or daughter, a spouse or a friend, that might have kept them from some irreversible spiritual tragedy? What if I had heeded the voice of Jesus warning me from danger, or gently urging me to prayer and a closer walk with Him? Even better, the "what ifs" that plan for present and future alerts are even more profitable. What if I start today to listen in humble silence to the Lord's voice for just ten minutes a day? What would my life be like if I were to do this? What graces is God prepared to pour out on me if I should follow this inspiration?

Thank you, Lord,
for these words of Scripture today.
Please let them penetrate my spirit
and strengthen my heart for acting on them.

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore (smartins@twcny.rr.com)


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