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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 12, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 John 5:14-21
Psalm 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9b
John 3:22-30

A reflection on today's Scripture:

We are still early in the secular calendar year, perhaps still enjoying recent memories of the Christmas festivities.

We wonder how we can improve ourselves as we are entering another year. The liturgical readings of the day, as usual, give us a framework. Both readings are from the beloved apostle John.

St. John points out to us in the first reading that both good and evil do exist. That probably reinforces what any reader of this site already realizes, though many in our secular world deny evil. Thus we can start the year with a bit of caution, given that the evil one still roams about. St. John does remind us that God always hears our prayers, a way to say that He is always close to us. (1 John 5:14-21)

The Gospel passage for today presents a real challenge, even to the most spiritual among us. It lies in the words of St. John, the Baptist. "He must increase, I must decrease." (John 3:30)

Are we ready to take that step this year? We spend the early part of our lives trying to figure out who we are, and what we are to do. We make the necessary preparations for our personal life and/or career, but then there is a time to let go, and let God direct our every step. Are we ready this year?

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS |
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