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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 1, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

2 Samuel 1:1-4a, 5-10a, 13-17
Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6a, 6bcd-7, 10-11
Mark 4:26-34

A reflection on today's Scripture:

In my profession I have always held positions that required me to manage other people.

At times I have found this to be rewarding and at others very frustrating. Over these years I have begun to notice certain consistencies in all people I have managed. One of those is a dislike, and sometimes outright fear, of change. For the longest time I empathized with my employees when it came to change as it was hard, confusing and unpleasant in many respects.

But as I have grown older I have found that change is one constant that never goes away. From the very time we are conceived until that last second when we die we undergo constant change. It is all around us and in every part of our lives.

This is also the case with our faith. In many of the parables, Jesus used the imagery of plants, trees and cultivation. This was an effective way for Him to explain many things about the Kingdom to the people in a simple way. Using seeds and trees in His parables He shows us a number of things, one of which is that our faith is not a static thing, but something that begins and changes through growth.

Just as an acorn in almost no respect resembles a full grown oak, so our faith when it first began should only remotely resemble our faith as it is now due to growth and change. Like the oak, our faith should grow stronger through the nourishment of the Scriptures and good sunshine from our Lord himself.

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

February 1, 2007

Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

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