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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 15, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Samuel 1:9-20
1 Samuel 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd
Mark 1:21-28

A reflection on today's Scripture:

What is this? A New Teaching with Authority! (see Mark 1:27)

When we listen carefully and discern, we can often hear beyond the words to the power that gives rise to them. We can often tell truth from lies, sincerity from put-on, reality from fiction. Not always, but often enough. However, what is remarkable here is the impression Jesus left with His teaching. Almost everyone could remark that here was a new teaching with authority. Perhaps they were convinced by the words; perhaps they were convinced by the driving out of demons. Whatever may have been the case, this was a new teaching.

Even if Jesus had simply repeated everything that had ever been said that showed us something of God, it was still a new teaching. Even if the words of Jesus were simply the words of the prophets, they were made new through the authority of the person who spoke. Jesus taught the truth and taught it in a way that it could be received by those who needed to hear.

Jesus articulates this truth today. His words are still true. And oddly, the teaching is still a new Teaching—ever young in its repetition, it is new to each person who hears it. It is up to us to keep it new in the world and new in our hearts because our hope lies in the promises of that teaching. His words are our direction for life.

- JuandelaCruz |
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