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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 2, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Malachi 3:1-4
Psalm 24:7, 8, 9, 10
Hebrews 2:14-18
Luke 2:22-40 or 2:22-32

A reflection on today's Scripture:

It is hard to believe that Ash Wednesday is this coming week!

The readings for today, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, provide a nice summary of salvation history as we prepare to enter the Lenten liturgical season. There are several themes or thoughts that might serve as a focal point for any of us as we begin Lent.

There is always the overlying theme of "Obedience." Mary and Joseph followed the expectation of their day, that they present the Child in the temple.

We might ponder how much we allow ourselves to be directed by the Spirit of God in our daily lives, which leads to another theme, that of recognizing and appealing to the Holy Spirit for direction on a regular basis. The Gospel makes reference to Simeon with the phrase, "The Spirit was upon him." (Luke 2:22-40)

Could anyone say that of us? There is no reason this should not be true.

And a final thought from the readings: Jesus did not help the angels; instead, the Father chose to redeem us poor mortals, which brings up the topic of "Thankfulness." (Hebrews 2:14-18).

We have been given so much! Maybe we could take a look at our spirit of thankfulness. Scripture is rich in spiritual direction! We just need to prayerfully listen to it!

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

Saturday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

The Presentation of the Lord

Lives of the saints:

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