Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
February 17, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
James 2:14-24, 26
Mark 8:34 to 9:1
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it..."
Many remain unaware that by calling themselves Christian, they are
automatically assuming an obligation to become Christ's disciples.
Discipleship requires more than a mental acceptance of our Lord's
it requires a change of heart, a humility that actually wills to live
every word. True Christians must submit themselves to being
made holy by God's Holy Spirit. Failure to allow this is the reason why
many Christians are called hypocrites by the world; they simply do not
James elaborates by saying that faith without works is useless, for
faith requires our fulfilling Christ's every word. The love in which we
called to live means more than total dedication to God; it is also a
sincere concern for others. Conversely, if we simply do good apart
living a loving faith in God, we can become prideful, filled with our
goodness and generosity and so actually dishonor God. Too easily,
most gifted by God often forget that He is the Source of all they are
all that they own. The more we are given, the more He expects us to
of His goodness with others.
Jesus takes these thoughts further by telling us that self-denial goes
beyond our simply sharing our goods with others. His followers are
to take up their cross, exercise painful denial by becoming like Him in
accepting without retaliation the sufferings and privations inflicted
us by sinful people. When Jesus speaks of "dying" to self, He means
are to abandon all the destructive attitudes and behaviors practiced by
world and instead reflect our heavenly Father's love, forgiveness and
generosity to all.
Lord God, open our eyes to Your deeds so that our every act may
sharing of the many blessings You have given us in this life.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
Friday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
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