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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 3, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Hebrews 13:15-17, 20-21
Luke 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
Mark 6:30-34

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Growing up in the Rocky Mountains provided me with great exposure to the outdoors and the agriculture industry, particularly ranching. My family was involved in ranching as was my wife’s and together we worked in the business in the early years of our marriage. With the vast open spaces in the Rockies our livestock roamed with ample prairie grasses for feed. But there were times when we had to feed them hay. I remember vividly taking hay to the herds and the moment the animals saw us they started toward us, sometimes in a full run, knowing that a different food was coming. They did this regardless of the amount of prairie grass they had to live on.

Today we hear in the gospel how the crowds ran to Jesus wherever he went, sometimes getting there before he did. The similarity of the crowds to our cows is striking. The masses had ample feeding from the priests and scribes but still they ran to our Lord. The food He was giving them was new, full of truth and provided them with much needed nourishment and the message of the kingdom and eternal salvation. We all hunger for that thing that will fill us and satisfy us completely and that is the Word of God.

- Don Claunch, SFO
(dlclaunch at bresnan dot net)

Saturday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Blase, bishop and martyr

St. Ansgar, bishop

Lives of the saints:

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