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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 15, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Hebrews 5:1-10
Psalm 110:1, 2, 3, 4
Mark 2:18-22

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

A quick reading of the liturgy for today might leave one wondering how the topics are related to one another. The first reading focuses on humility and reverence, and the gospel on "new wine skins."

Reverence has become less commonly practiced in our fast-paced, casual, Western world. Gender social practices have blurred and children are sometimes on a first name basis with their elders.

The order of the readings reminds us that to properly wear our "new wine skins," namely to be a redeemed people, won by the Blood of the Cross, we need a sense of reverence regarding ourselves, others and the Church. Our freedom was won at a very high price!

As we begin this New Year, we might assess our own sense of reverence. The first reading reminds us that it was because of His reverence that Christ was heard by God, the Father. Just how reverent a people are we?

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

January 15, 2007

Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

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