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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 12, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

2 Kings 5:1-15ab
Psalm 42:2, 3; 43:3, 4
Luke 4:24-30

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

How often do we dismiss the ordinary as insignificant, of having little value? We might, for instance, think it is an ordinary day, a day like most days when we do nothing unusual. It was this attitude that blinded the people living around Jesus. They knew Him as the son of Mary, and of Joseph the carpenter. He was doing "ordinary work" in an "ordinary" town, but Jesus was God, He was the Christ.

We have the example now of Saint Therese, the Little Flower, and Doctor of the Church, who taught us that there is infinite value in performing the so-called "ordinary" tasks of life with love. It takes only a simple prayer at the beginning of each day, one that we can make up ourselves. We will never know in this life, the value of such a simple prayer. At times during the day we might say it again, for example, "All for You, O Lord!" Unlike the people of Christ's day, we will never wonder, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth (or you can fill in whatever town you live in)??

Yes, we know the "ordinary" can have infinite value!

- Joan of Jesus, ocds

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