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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 28, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Jer 1:4-5, 17-19
Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15-17
1 Corinthians 12:31—13:13 or 13:4-13
Luke 4:21-30

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

The readings for this Sunday are rich in the truth and the power of divine love. The first reading speaks of God preparing Jeremiah to be a prophet in dangerous times when he must oppose both kings and people. God tells Jeremiah to insist that His instructions be carried out, and He assures Jeremiah that he will form him like steel for his protection. In this reading, we see how God’s Will, which comes from His love, is a power that will overcome all opposition.

People who attend a lot of weddings can almost recite the second reading from memory: "Love is patient, love is kind. . . ." And, of course, the inevitable question, “Are we patient, are we kind?”

St. Paul was not the only one to write to the Corinthians about love. Pope St. Clement in the second century told that same community about the binding power of divine love and the splendor of its beauty. “Love unites us to God; it cancels innumerable sins," he wrote. He said further that it is impossible to please God without love.

Our present Holy Father, in his very first encyclical letter, tells us that human, passionate love, when properly exercised is transformed by grace into spiritual love which gives of itself in deeds of justice for our neighbor. The message through the centuries is clear: we must show our love at every stage of life’s journey. God did not just suggest it as something nice. He commanded it. We must practice love in word and deed if we expect eternal life.

If only those citizens of Nazareth had been more loving people, they would have listened most attentively to Jesus’ message in today’s Gospel. They would have curbed pride and anger, and welcomed his announcement about the Kingdom. Instead, they tried to kill Him!

We, too, can kill the messenger of the Word, whether it be the priest giving a homily that doesn’t sit well with us, or any voice that urges us to loving works of charity and justice. The Kingdom is here! Are we on board?

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(pwhitmore29 at yahoo dot com)

January 28, 2007

The Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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