Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 21, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Nehemiah 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10
Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 15
1 Corinthians 12:12-30 or 12:12-14, 27
Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Did you ever have pains throughout your body that didn't go away until the dentist pulled out that infected tooth? Or have a headache that made you so dizzy and blind you couldn't function? This helps us realize what St. Paul was saying in today's second reading. We are all parts of one Body (in Christ). Of course, it's only the grace of God that can help us live this truth. It's only "in Christ" that we can truly care about every person in the "household of the faith."
We're in the middle of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, begun many years ago by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. It was designed to help all Christians better understand each other, to work together, and to pray together. Great progress has been made, but there is still the scandal of division. If we all worked as hard at unity as our recent Popes have, that unity we so long for might actually come about.
We also observe the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision this week. The idea of one Body is all tied in with the March for Life observed tomorrow in Washington. How? Through the Spirit that came upon Jesus, the Beloved Son, at His Baptism, and proclaimed by Jesus in today's Gospel: "the Spirit of the Lord is upon me . . . ." As Jesus proclaimed freedom for captives, He surely included those bound in the womb before their birth, as well as those separated by ancient feuds and misunderstandings from unity of worship in Christ.
Our First Reading describes a public reading of the Law from a book long forgotten, that Ezra literally dug out of a trash heap. The people wept upon hearing it read to them, and swore to keep it more faithfully than their ancestors had. In the Gospel, Jesus also read publicly from the Scripture, and proclaimed that He is its fulfillment. It was the beginning of His Kingdom.
The beginning of the Kingdom is also the start of "Ordinary Time." It is a time for us to continue the work of Jesus. What a huge task for us as Christians. But, remember, we have been given extraordinary grace that guarantees the success of our efforts.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(pwhitmore29 at yahoo dot com)
January 21, 2007
The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
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