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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 24, A.D. 2004

Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:

2 Samuel 1:1-4,11-12,19,23-27
Psalm 80:2-3,5-7
Mark 3:20-21

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Let me share with you a simple precept I've learned over the years. Repeat after me...

Drink in. Pour out. Drink in. Pour out.

A river needs two things to keep it fresh and teaming with life. It needs a source, and it needs an outlet. If there is a blockage at the source, the river runs dry. If there is an obstruction before the outlet, it forms stagnant pools which become swamps infested with swarming mosquitoes (I should know... I'm from Minnesota!)

So it is in the Spirit. We need to drink in, spending time drinking in at the source who is God. And we need to pour out through various ministry outlets. Receive from God, and give it away.

Read the Gospel of St. Luke, chapters 4-6 to see how our Lord modeled this "River of Life Cycle", as I like to call it. He starts out with fasting and prayer, then He begins His public ministry. He departs to a lonely place, then He goes out preaching again with the crowds pressing in on Him. Etc, etc, etc.... I count four distinct "cycles" in these two chapters. Take a look.
Wondering why you're feeling dry or stagnant?

Check your plumbing!

Drink in. Pour out.

- Karl Kohlhase


The second week Ordinary Time
St. Francis de Sales, bishop, doctor of the Church

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