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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 31, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

2 Samuel 7:18-19, 24-29
Psalm 132:1-2, 3-5, 11, 12, 13-14
Mark 4:21-25

A reflection on today's Scripture:

In today's Gospel, Jesus asks a rhetorical question to illustrate an obvious point. He asks, "Is a lamp to be hidden?" (Mark 4:21)

We know of course, if a lamp is not used as intended, that is, placed on a lamp stand to dispel the darkness, darkness will remain and the lamp will be rendered useless.

By our Baptism we have been given the Light of Christ and we're expected to fulfill our purpose to dispel the darkness of sin by the light of God's merciful love manifested in us. The mandate is clear, but weighty:

"Let your light shine before men." (Matthew 5:16)

It demands consistent faithfulness which gently fans the flame of our lamp without extinguishing it with one big self-serving poof!

Let us pray for the grace to shine our light—Christ's Light—in all the nooks and crannies we encounter along our way—nooks and crannies that might have others in need of light for the journey.

If however, the flame of our love should falter and we are left in pitiable darkness, may God give us the grace to cry out to Him. Our loving God is all too ready to breathe His merciful love on us, that our flame might leap into life again!

"All, Lord, for Your glory and the salvation of the world."

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

Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

St. John Bosco, priest

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