Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 10, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 Samuel 1:1-20
Responsorial: 1 Samuel 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"They worshipped before the Lord"
(1 Samuel 1:19)
Today's heart-moving Old Testament story about Samuel's parents, puts
us once again, the providence of God as He listens to the plaintive
the humble of heart. So often we see this scenario throughout
Today's First Lesson from Samuel and our Gospel from St. Mark both
common thread perhaps unnoticed at first glance. In Samuel, we learn
Hannah prayed and pleaded to God for a child. The next morning she and
husband went and worshipped before the Lord in the synagogue.
Gospel story, Jesus went into the synagogue where He was approached by
with unclean spirits. Jesus rebuked the unclean spirits and promptly
them out of the man -- much to the wonderment of all who witnessed.
Are these not solemn reminders for each of us to return to the Lord
frequently to be cleansed of our sins, our own personal unclean
Are we not called to the holy presence of God in the tabernacle of our
Catholic church, to sorrowfully pour out our sins to the Lord? Should
avail ourselves of the cleansing grace of the sacrament of
confessing our sins before God's witness?
The message today is to
the church, to go before the Lord with repentant spirit, believing in
and with contrite heart that the Lord will forgive and bless us with
love and grace.
Lives of the saints:
Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
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