Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 3, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 John 2:29–3:6
Psalm 98:1, 3cd-4, 5-6
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Sometimes when I read Holy Scripture there are things that by experience, don't seem to be true. Since Holy Scripture contains no falsehood and does not mislead, I must conclude that somehow I am wrong, not Holy Scripture. The problem must emanate from me; I must be reading things incorrectly or interpreting them incorrectly.
This very situation arose as I read the final line from 1 John, in the First Reading for today, "No one who sins has seen Him or known Him."
But, I do know You, Lord, and I have seen You in the Person of Your Son — not in visions or images but in the inexplicable seeing and knowing, given by You in prayer. How then, can what is written, be true?
Perhaps the answer lies in closer examination which reveals that the tense of the word used is "sins" which is something occurring now, in the present and not what I passed over, "has sinned," which is something in the past and hopefully has been overcome by grace. For isn't it true that when we willingly and actually turn away from God and sin, we do so as if we had never seen Him or known Him?
As we begin another new year, let us pray for the grace to carefully read the Sacred Word of God and do all that enlivens our love and thwarts wanton unseeing and unknowing. Let us accomplish this, not by our own power, but by the power of God who loves us as if we had never sinned!
- Donna Nelson, OCDS |
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