Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 31, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
2 Samuel 18:9-10, 14, 24-25, 30--19:3
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Today's Gospel about the woman who was "afflicted with a hemorrhage for
dozen years" is one of my favorites. I don't mean to make or create any
gender-related biases, but certainly the gospel illustrates at least
women, the horrible state of affairs that this poor woman was
and how sensitive Jesus was to her problem. Even today in our current
culture with all its many products to make normal (and even abnormal)
uterine blood flow easier to deal with, women still don't find the
Imagine, if you can, what it must have been like in ancient times when
normal and abnormal conditions arose, and add to it that women who were
hemorrhaging were considered to be "unclean." Not only were there just
physical inconveniences; there were cultural, religious and emotional
as well. And not, mind you, as in the case of this woman, just for a
days every month, but continuously for twelve years!
Having painted that detailed description, perhaps uncharacteristic, for
forum, it becomes so clear to me how desperate this woman was and how
immensely kind Jesus was to help her in her great distress.
May we remember this about Jesus and how much He cares about us and is
to hear our cries for help.
Jesus comfort of the afflicted, have mercy on us!
- Donna Nelson, OCDS
(drn3rd at hotmail dot com)
Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
St. John Bosco, priest
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