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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 17, A.D. 2008


Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Samuel 4:1-11
Psalm 44:10-11, 14-15, 24-25
Mark 1:40-45





A reflection on today's Scripture:

Today’s First Reading is an awful story!

It is about the defeat of Israel by the Philistines. I guess what makes it so awful is that the Israelites—the chosen people—and even the Philistines seemed so sure that God would take the side of Israel.

Was it lawful payment because of Israel’s faithlessness? Did they deserve it? Was it God’s justice?

With the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus, human suffering, whether deserved or undeserved, received new meaning. It is as Bishop Sheen described, a mystery, but a mystery that does not seethe in the heart of a vengeful God, but flows from the pierced and bleeding heart of His Son.

So then, let us not be overcome by the sorrows of this life, even if we become "a byword among the nations, a laughingstock among the people." (see Psalm 44:14-15) United to and by the suffering of Christ, our suffering is not senseless, but redemptive.

- Donna Nelson, OCDS |
email: drn3rd(at)hughes(dot)net



Thursday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

St. Anthony, abbot







Lives of the saints:
http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/










Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:
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