Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
February 19, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Isaiah 43:18-19, 21-22, 24-25
Psalm 41:2-5, 13-14
2 Corinthians 1:18-22
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"See, I am doing something new!
In the desert I make a way,
in the wasteland, rivers."
(see Isaiah 43:19)
As we move ever-closer to the season of Lent, our scriptures seem to
Godıs desire for us to become holy people. For instance, todayıs
from Isaiah, God speaks through the prophet, asking the Israelites why
theyıve become so complacent in living their lives as Godıs chosen
In disregard of Godıs bounteous care for them, they have forgotten to
and adore Him. You can imagine how their faith degraded over the next
years after Isaiah, as they suddenly came into the presence of Jesus,
Indeed, todayıs graphic gospel clip of Jesus teaching the people, shows
curious people desiring to learn, to be healed, and maybe even get in
ground floor of that rumored messianic kingdom! To be sure, some
Godıs grace into their hearts because of their humble faith. And then
were the scribes muttering among themselves: "Why does this man speak
way? He is blaspheming. Who but God alone can forgive sins?"
How do we place ourselves in this little scene? How do we measure up in
sight of God? Are we truly people of faith, committed to changing our
Or, are we sitting down among those scribes, envious, jealous, seething
contempt. Let us instead choose to be truly faithful; for God, in His
and kindness, desires to heal us of our infirmities, to forgive and
our sins. With faith, let us avail ourselves of Godıs cleansing grace
Sacrament of Reconciliation today.
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lives of the saints:
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