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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 2, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Malachi 3:1-4
Psalm 24:7, 8, 9, 10
Hebrews 2:14-18
Luke 2:22-40 or 2:22-32

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Today is the feast of the Lordís presentation in the temple. The Gospel provides a beautiful narrative that highlights the obedience of Mary and Joseph to the Law.

Now that may seem strange, but in fulfilling the requisites of the Law, it completed what had been conceived in the mind in of the Creator, and took flesh in the womb of Mary; that is, His Divine yet human Son should be born and offered not just to Him for His own glorification and praise, but for the world and its salvation.

The price of our salvation and victory over death and all that enslaves us required Jesus be born and offered, but not without human intervention and a conscious act of divinely given, yet humanly exercised, free will.

It required that Mary and Joseph do their part, willingly, freely, lovingly through religious ritual practice. It represents the disposition of the human heart that is absolutely necessary for God to intervene.

Let us then take a little time to examine the disposition of our hearts, our willingness to respond obediently to the laws and rituals of our beloved Church. Let the example of Mary and Joseph gain for us the necessary grace to do in our time and in our personal circumstances, whatever the Lord asks of us.

- Donna Nelson, OCDS
(drn3rd at hughes dot net)

February 2, 2007

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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