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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 26, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

2 Timothy 1:1-8
Psalm 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 7-8a, 10
Mark 3:20-21

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to sit down and have a nice chat about faith with St. Paul and St. Timothy?

The First Reading for today is such a tender, beautiful reflection of the relationship they had with one another, with faith as their common bond! We hear St. Paul reminding Timothy that his faith, like ours, was passed on from our ancestors, often at a great cost to them. It is not a gift to be handled casually, like tickets to a show on a Saturday night, or to merely fill the pews of a church on Sunday morning! St. Paul urges Timothy (and us) to stir into flame the gift of God that we have been given. (see 2 Timothy 1:6)

What are some ways that we might "stir the flame"? We might start with a prayer to the Holy Spirit to enlighten us in the process. Another might be to ask for the guidance of our Blessed Mother and St. Joseph. After all, God entrusted the care of His Son to them. For a time at least, we might try to dismiss useless distractions from our minds, so that we might be more open to God. Take time to listen. God will guide us if we are willing to take those few simple, but important steps. It's like taking the hand of Christ and saying, "O.K. I'm ready to have you lead me now!" Faith is a gift to pass on to others, and He will guide us.

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

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