Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 11, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 95:6-7c, 8-9, 10-11
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Harden not your hearts . . . .
This is the cry that the Lord sends unto us.
By hardening our hearts we are closing ourselves to God, preventing Him from bestowing us with His graces. The first reading reminds us what can happen to us when we forsake God by the story of the hardships that the Israelites endured in the desert after rejecting God.
In contrast, the leper described in St. Mark's Gospel comes to Jesus with an open heart filled with faith; and for this he was immediately healed. In return Jesus asked a very simple favor. "See that you tell no one anything." The man ignored Jesus' wishes and proclaimed to all the miracle which he received. Because of this action Jesus was forced to remain in deserted places, as He was no longer able to enter into a city openly.
Hardening our hearts can come in various forms. Forsaking God completely and not obeying His will--even in little things--can have, as demonstrated in todayís readings, negative consequences preventing God from giving His grace to others. God always knows what He is doing; He knows what is best. Therefore, itís extremely important for us not to harden our hearts, but instead to put aside our pride so as to allow God to pour out His grace upon us.
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