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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 18, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Samuel 8:4-7, 10-22a
Psalm 89:16-17, 18-19
Mark 2:1-12

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Today's gospel reading is such a wonderful story and so full of God's message to us that we could spend hours meditating on it and discussing it.

So, I invite you to do this on your own and consider each person mentioned in the reading. Ask yourself, are there times when I am this person and how does it relate to my life with Christ?

Look at the friends of the paralytic and what faith they had to chop a hole in a roof to lower their friend to the Lord. Are there times when you have such faith that you would do such a thing?

Consider the paralytic and how he was forgiven and healed. Are there times when your sin needs the healing forgiveness of the loving God? Are there times when you must rely on the faith of friends to help you out?

Take the scribes and how they reacted to what they saw. Are there times when you question or doubt the authority and teaching of the Lord? What is your response?

Let's not forget the Lord Himself. Are you ready to forgive as we are taught we must? Are there times when you have the opportunity to teach those who doubt or question. Finally, examine the crowd who were astounded by the entire scene. Are you truly astounded by the great works of our Lord?

There is much to be learned in this scripture, from each of the individuals. Take this time and learn from them to strengthen your faith and life with Christ.

- Don Claunch, SFO |
email: dlclaunch(at)bresnan(dot)net

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