Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 29, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9
1 Corinthians 7:32-35
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
The first reading today from Deuteronomy gives us an amazing insight
Godıs tolerance. The setting is the desert, where the Israelites are
stalled on their journey toward the promised land. Why are they
Because of their parentsı lack of faith. So now the young people beg
not to subject them anymore to Godıs fire and thunder. "Moses!" they
"You are flesh and blood like us. You be Godıs voice! Please!" And
agrees! "I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their
But God gives a warning: any prophet He chooses had better take the job
seriously. So Moses was the first of a whole line of prophets for
who would set the agenda for the future Messiah.
In the Gospel, Mark narrates the scene of Jesus announcing that the
of God has arrived. He proceeds to amaze the people by driving out a
from a man who confronts him in the synagogue. He does it with an
unlike that of their religious leaders.
Place yourself in that scene in the synagogue. Looking around, you
see one or two who might look enviously at Jesus. Would you be envious,
knowing that you yourself might have a demon or two? What demon would
like driven out? In the second reading, St. Paul tells the
Corinthians, " I
should like you to be free of anxieties." Does that ring a bell?
Jesus told us very clearly in the Gospels not to let worry get out of
not to be afraid, but to trust the power and the plan of His Heavenly
Father. Of course, some stress is legitimate, like whether or not we
enough every day. Do we calm our spirits and shut out distractions, so
we can really listen to the Lord? We should worry about our lack of
our lack of awareness that only one thing is necessary , to give over
worries to the Lord, and believe that our faith will be rewarded. If
the tension will drain from us. Free of demons, we will praise Him
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(smartins at frontiernet dot net)
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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