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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 12, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Hebrews 4:1-5, 11
Psalm 78:3 and 4bc, 6c-7, 8
Mark 2:1-12

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Someone once attributed the reason for all of Israel's problems to the fact that they became forgetful and forgot all the wonderful things they saw and knew firsthand about the Lord.

We could easily wonder how people who had seen Jesus, like in today's Gospel story of the paralytic, became complicit in His crucifixion and death. Unfortunately, we have only to look at our own circumstances to see that we too have often forgotten what God has done for us and have repeatedly fallen into sin.

What then are we to do, so that we don't continually lapse into such devastating forgetfulness? The answer lies in keeping before us, things that help us to remember. It requires that we drill it into our heads like we do when we need to remember something really important.

Let us keep our memory fresh and alive with thoughts of how good God is! Let us do it by reading Holy Scripture and availing ourselves of the Sacraments that are outward signs of God's love and grace.

Perhaps as some have suggested, let us read from The Book of Psalms, even just a line or two every day so that the words become living phrases on our lips and not just lovely words in a sacred book.

- Donna Nelson, OCDS
(drn3rd at hughes dot net)

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