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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 16, A.D. 2006


Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
James 2:1-9
Psalm 34:2-7
Mark 8:27-33



A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

We have an interesting combination of readings today, however they really do complement each other.

In the First Reading wešre reminded that wešre not to show partiality towards one group of individuals over another. The variable cited is wealth. Wešre not to favor the rich over the poor; but the reading does not define poverty. We all know that a person can have all kinds of material wealth and in fact be poor spiritually or vice versa. We cannot tell that by looking at a person, nor are we to judge. Thus, if wešre to be effective in the vineyard as disciples and stewards of God's gifts, wešll treat everyone the same. God canšt work through us if wešre setting up barriers in relating to certain individuals. That person might be the very one God wants us to reach!

In the Gospel for today, we have the famous question that Christ asks of Peter: "And who do you say that I am?" When we consider this question against the First Reading, wešre reminded of Christ asking "When did you see me hungry, and thirsty and in prison?" The point is that Christ urges us to look for Him in everyone. When we answer Christšs 'Who do you say that I amš we can answer that we saw Christ in everyone we encountered that day. That is a challenge and a great goal!

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
(jmurphy at utica dot edu)



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