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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 17, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Hebrews 7:1-3, 15-17
Psalm 110:1, 2, 3, 4
Mark 3:1-6

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath . . . ?"

The Pharisees were sticklers for the rules. In their faith there was no room for any deviation from the strict rule. There was no such thing as "the spirit of the law," there was only "the letter of the law."

Unfortunately, it is all too easy to fall into the same pattern ourselves. Rules are comforting. Boundaries are made not to be transgressed. If we have a clear line between right and wrong, then we can never go wrong, right?

No. Those bright clear lines work for many things, but sometimes there are no clear lines. We must step forward in faith and trust God to guide us along the right path. Jesus did this in person. When He chose to heal a man on the Sabbath, He was giving an example to all of us. The message is clear--there is no season for doing good--it is expected of us at every moment no matter what rules seem to be transgressed.

Now, the trick is to know for a fact that what we choose to do is really good. But if we are praying and trusting God, it isn't really much of a trick. And the other side of that same coin is that sometimes doing good will "scandalize" the community. If we take in a homeless person and allow him or her to live with us, we are likely to risk the anger of our neighbors.

But there is no season to doing good--doing good is required at all times. Or perhaps we might say, "now is the appropriate time," because all of time belongs to Him who is Goodness itself.

- JuandelaCruz
(sriddle415 at yahoo dot com)

Wednesday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

St. Anthony, abbot

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