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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 27, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 8:23—9:3
Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17
Matthew 4:12-23 or 4:12-17

A reflection on today's Scripture:

The cold of winter is contrasted this year with conflicting predictions of global warming. Threats of a recession are added onto the still unresolved crisis in hospital and health care for the sick and the elderly. The paralysis among our lawmakers continues concerning the future of social security, and a just solution to immigration laws.

Into this present darkness comes the clear message of this week's readings˜Christ is the unifier of division and the light for the darkness. Prefaced by the marvelous prophecy of Isaiah concerning the land of Zebulun and Naphtali (Capernaum is in the ancient territory of Naphtali), in which the prophet announces the restoration of light, we find Matthew declaring Jesus as the fulfillment of that prophecy.

Just as the people in Capernaum sat in darkness until Jesus came, so, too, we sit in darkness. God provides clear light to dispel this darkness, but our culture is divided and confused on how to let religious and moral values influence our political action. Fear can be prudent and justified when a real danger is present and imminent, but it can also cause depression and paralysis. Let's pray today for prayerful and courageous discipleship.

St. Paul gives us strong and helpful advice in today's second reading. Christ is the one reason for unity, he tells us. We break His heart with our squabbles. First comes unity in our own Catholic communities. Both clergy and people committed to their care need to be united in our present crisis.

With what nostalgia I look back on those early days after Vatican Council II when the spirit of Gaudium et Spes brought such excitement and new life. For a brief time, we were united! And then we let go the Spirit's Hand. And all that, of which St. Paul accused the Corinthians, happened to us! Working for unity is ongoing. It means struggling to let go of suspicions and false assumptions. It means prayer and discussion. When we're unified, we stand a much better chance of influencing the society in which we live.

Last week brought a great burst of light into the darkness. Over one hundred thousand gathered in Washington to take part in the great March for Life on the Capitol. This is one of the great unifiers, when people of every political and religious persuasion join together to celebrate Life, the life given us by God from the moment of conception.

As a result of The March For Life every year, there are hearts converted, and charity prevails over insult and clamor. Many others joined them through prayer and local marches. Respect for the unborn brings a climate of respect for life at every stage. Our call to discipleship is never better served than in this cause.

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore |
email: pwhitmore29(at)yahoo(dot)com

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