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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 23, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Hebrews 10:1-10
Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 10-11
Mark 3:31-35

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Whoever does the will of God is my brother, sister and mother.
(Mark 3:35)

Old habits are indeed difficult to break. This is seen in the letter to the Hebrews, calling them to accept that God has replaced His old Covenant with a new and everlasting Covenant in Jesus Christ.

They are reminded that their sacrifice of animals is no longer necessary, for while it served them as a reminder to repent for their sins, the blood of animals could not truly cleanse them.

Only in Christ are our sins remitted; His perfect sacrifice is the Invisible God's love for man made visible in human flesh. The old law's prohibitions and rituals have been replaced and our friendship with God restored. It is the Spirit of God's law, His love and truth that must now be obeyed, not mere legalistic rules and forms.

Today's Gospel repeats a theme from our January 9 reading from Hebrews. If we sincerely embrace Christ's true teachings and engage ourselves in acts of God-inspired, genuine love, He will not be ashamed to call us His brothers, sisters and mother.

Christ's statement should overwhelm us, for He Who is God has called us, creatures formed from mere clay, to such an intimacy with Him.

Father of light,
remove the scales from our eyes,
that we may see beyond the limits of human sight
and be drawn more deeply into the realm of Your Spirit.

- Marie Bocko,
OCDS (mlbocko at earthlink dot net)

January 23, 2007

Tuesday of the Third week in Ordinary Time

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