Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 20, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Hebrews 9:2-3, 11-14
Psalm 47:2-3, 6-9
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
I know a family whose son has just entered the seminary. He has just finished his degree in psychology and youth ministry and his original plans were to work with young people. But, he made a change in course. This is surprising in some ways because his parents are not at all religious and only occasionally attend church. They are good people, but are more devoted to their careers and personal lives than anything spiritual.
But when he told them he was going to seminary, the first thing they said was that he must be out of his mind. Yes, they thought their son was crazy and this whole thing made them very uncomfortable. Perhaps the young man entering the seminary has caused a deep feeling in the hearts of his parents as they realize that something is missing in their lives and this has caused them to be uncomfortable.
In today’s short gospel reading we hear the same about our Lord: his relatives had thought he was out of his mind. They tried to seize him and take him away, probably to try and talk some sense into him. He made them uncomfortable.
The fact is that Jesus should make us uncomfortable. He continues to ask us to change, to enter into a lifelong conversion and do things much differently than our world would have us do. As we walk through our lives we should expect to be uncomfortable, as this is a sign to us that a change is needed and that we are always being called.
- Don Claunch, SFO
(dlclaunch at bresnan dot net)
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