Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 6, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 John 5:5-13
Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"Who is the victor over the world but the one who believes that Jesus
Son of God?"
(1 John 5: 5)
Now that all our labors and celebrations of Christmas Day are done, let
focus on God having blessed us with a New Year, a time to evaluate our
and make a fresh start. Many of us make "resolutions" hoping to
"old" lives, but within a few days or weeks we fall back to their
habits. The problem may be that the change we seek is the fulfillment
selfish desire rather than the embarking on a new life, participating
rebirth offered to man through the coming of God's Son, Jesus Christ.
St. John's letter tells us that genuine faith in Christ results in our
becoming "victors" over this world, that we are to engage ourselves in
battle against adopting the attitudes and practices of this world that
counter to God's love and truth--our gaining money, power, possessions,
pleasure, esteem and personal convenience regardless of the harmful
consequences to ourselves and our society.
From the primitive to the most highly cultured person, we all share an
restlessness, a desire for "more" and "better." Still, regardless of
gains, dissatisfaction remains and our seeking persists because human
peace and rest depends upon our being fully given to God. In today's
Christ in our human flesh does this when He who was sinless submits to
baptized. He did this to completely identify Himself with humanity and
need for being cleansed of sin. His immersion in the river signifies
death and burial of our sinful human flesh. His rising from the water
foretells His resurrection and His offer to mankind of a new life. The
coming of the dove, the Holy Spirit, then identifies Him fully as God's
If we have genuine faith in Jesus, He gives us of His same Spirit so
who were once dead in sin may come alive as the children of God.
Father of the Word made flesh, lift us beyond that which this world
and draw us into the realm of Your Holy Spirit who makes our human
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
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Blessed Andre' Bessette
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