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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 15, A.D. 2004

Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:

Jeremiah 17:5-8
Psalm 1:1-4,6
1 Corinthians 15:12,16-20
Luke 6:17,20-26

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

In today's Gospel Jesus delivers His familiar speech about who are the recipients of blessings and who are the recipients of woe. Because the sermon on the Beatitudes is so familiar, we might fail to understand how radical were the concepts Jesus was preaching, from the religious perspective of His time. Even we who know and believe all Jesus taught, often find it difficult to comprehend that the poor are the truly rich and those who have only those things that this world considers valuable, are really the bereft.

Sometimes the lesson about what really matters, is learned at a tremendous price. It is however, a price worth paying because the promised reward is not temporal, but everlasting life.

That is hard to remember though, when moment by moment, inequity and injustice seem to be prevailing. It is precisely because it is so difficult that we need to have the Word of God seared into our memory, active in our intellect and the prime mover of our will.

"Blest are you poor," Jesus said, "the reign of God is yours."

- Donna Nelson, ocds
(drn3rd at hotmail dot com)


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