Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
February 10, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
I Kings 11:29-32; 12: 19
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"He has done all things well."
When things went badly for the Israelites, they attributed it to "the
of God," His vengeance against a faithless, disobedient people. In
God doesn't indulge in such base human emotions. Their misery was self
inflicted by their having shut Him out of their lives, failing to live
His truth and love, thereby leaving themselves defenseless against
His grace is ever available but its power is activated only by human
receptivity; for God always honors our "free will." Solomon's
his following strange gods, influenced his people and led to the
of his kingdom and being replaced by an even more cruel leader over the
tribes taken from him. Today's Psalm aptly states, "If only my people
hear me and walk in my ways, quickly would I humble their enemies."
In today's Gospel Jesus travels into Gentile territory, probably as a
shortcut to the next Jewish city. Though not wishing to be distracted
His mission to first deliver Israel from its infidelities, He was
by these people who then sought His help. His compassion and mercy led
to heal a deaf man, and in doing so reveals several truths.
First, He asserts God's universal love and His desire to deliver all
humanity from its sin and its attendant sufferings. He shows too that
scope of God's healing extends beyond His restoring health to our flesh
which is heir to eventual death. He renews the human spirit by
if we so will it, to live a holy life in this world. Jesus implies too
He leads us to living His eternal life on earth so that we may on "the
day" be freed from this imperfect flesh and raised up in a new, perfect
spiritual body like His own.
Heavenly Father, fill our hearts with the desire to fulfill Your
reflect Your wisdom and love so that salvation may be extended
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
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