Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 14, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 Samuel 1:1-8
Psalm 116:12-13, 14-19
A reflection on today's Scripture:
How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me? (see Psalm116:12)
Our First Reading from Scripture seems not to relate to our Gospel statement.
In Samuel we encounter Elkanah, a man with two wives, Peninnah who bore him children and Hannah who was barren. The fruitful wife became haughty and spoke hurtfully to Hannah who became despondent even though she knew that Elkanah had a far deeper affection for her than for Peninnah. The crucial sentence in this reading is Elkanah consoling Hannah by asking her: "Am I not more to you than ten sons?" He tells her not to mourn over what she lacks but instead to rejoice in his love for her, a precious gift.
In last Monday's Gospel reading, Jesus began His ministry by proclaiming the kingdom of God being "at hand" and then receiving the two Baptisms that prepared Him for His task. Jesus then proceeds to choose His first Apostles, those whom He perceives will welcome His teachings, take them to heart and share with others Christ's "good news" of salvation.
That Jesus chose uneducated fishermen may seem strange, but recall that His most dangerous, deadly enemies would be the learned and proud "religious experts." The latter considered themselves elite, above improvement, while the fishermen, Andrew, Peter, James and John would welcome Christ's greater, life-altering call. In time, despite their privations and sufferings, the Apostles learned that their greatest possession was God's perfect love poured out upon them and the world through Christ.
Redeemer Christ, teach us to always ponder the many small blessings and joys You give us in life, that in Your loving light the darkness and pain we may suffer, will dissipate. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
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