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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 19, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Samuel 9:1-4, 17-19; 10:1
Psalm 21:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Mark 2:13-17

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Scripture is always rich in its lessons; but perhaps there are two points we might take from the readings of today.

The first is the significance of obedience to the will of the Father as modeled by Saul and Kish in the first reading. Saul was asked to take a servant and go looking for some of their lost animals, which he did. It was only through his obedience that he encountered Samuel, who anointed him and directed that he govern the Lord's people, Israel. What if he had chosen to do otherwise, or did not persevere in the task?

The second point is a reminder as the year begins. We see that from time to time, Jesus chose to surround Himself with "sinners and tax collectors," given that He stated they needed Him more than the well needed Him. (Mark 2:17) Who do we choose as our associates? Are we always reaching out to those we might tell about Jesus, through word or deed, or do we insulate ourselves with those who make us feel good and perhaps build our ego? It is a tough question to consider!

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS |
email: jmurphy(at)utica(dot)edu

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