Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 5, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 John 3:11-21
Psalm 100:1b-2, 3, 4, 5
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
There is a general feeling of movement in the readings of today. In
Gospel, we read of Christ going to Galilee for the purpose of finding
Philip to recruit him. What an awesome thought, the Son of God seeking
someone out! He does it all the time however with us. He is always
reaching out to us in a loving way to help Him in the building up of
The first reading focuses on the philosophy we need underneath all we
others. St. John points out that when we see a brother in need and we
the means to assist that person, it is necessary that we first have
compassion for that person, then we can perform our deeds. He says
not love in words and speech, but in deeds."
In our fast-paced world where much of our giving is done on a routine
via mail, our acts of 'charity' might lose that component of
Our giving can become like paying any other 'bill.' In so doing, we can
to see, or even seek, the face of Christ in those who have needs! What
loss for us!
"St. John Neumann, pray for us"
- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
(jmurphy at utica dot edu)
Lives of the saints:
St. John Neumann, bishop
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