Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
February 1, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Hebrews 12:18-19, 21-24
Psalm 48:2-3ab, 3cd-4, 9, 10-11
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Jesus sent out His disciples and gave them the authority over unclean spirits. Jesus' gift of sending out His disciples and giving them instructions demonstrates not only His generosity but also the fact that He was a real human being. By being instructed to remain in the same house until they were to leave a certain town, the disciples weren't inclined to move to a nicer, more comfortable place, which would probably have shown favoritism. With this constraint, the disciples were able to demonstrate the mercy of Jesus and that He was the mediator for Whom God showered His mercies, as they could only heal in the name of Jesus.
This message of Jesus' love, justice and mercy is elaborated in Paul's letter to the Hebrews. Paul said that it is no longer the Law of Moses, carried out because of fear, which guides us. "I am terrified and trembling." (Hebrews 12:21) The author goes on to describe that it is Jesus' death on the cross which saved us all, and His sacrifice was greater than the Law of Moses: "the spirits of the just made perfect, and Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and the sprinkled Blood that speaks more eloquently than that of Abel." (Hebrews 12:23-24) Thus, Paul explained that Jesus is Our Savior, our mediator, our way to Heaven. And so, because of His great sacrifice of love on the cross we are given the ability to reach Heaven.
February 1, 2007
Thursday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time.
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