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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 5, A.D. 2005

1 John 4:11-18
Psalm 72:1-2,10,12-13
Mark 6:45-52

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Today is the memorial of St. John Neumann, the first American man and first bishop to be canonized. Born in Bohemia in 1813, he travelled to the US to be ordained as at that time there was an oversupply of priests in Bohemia. He joined the Redemptorists in 1840 and became Bishop of Philadelphia in 1852, occupying various posts in between.

Bishop John worked tirelessly to propagate the Faith in his adopted country. Knowing 12 languages he served the immigrant community, building schools, churches, even started building a cathedral.

With little sleep and human comforts, he served his diocese believing firmly in the importance of Catholic teaching and schooling for continuing the Faith; hence his impressive record of building 50 churches and opening almost 100 schools.

Bishop John's energy and zeal in an example to us of one totally devoted to the service of the Lord who lived his calling in a totally selfless and pragmatic way. What can I do today, to be more giving and less selfish? Remember, the thousand mile journey begins with a single step.

- Cliodhna Doyle
(clia at cliadoyle dot com)

Lives of the saints:

Wednesday after Epiphany
St. John Neumann, bishop

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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