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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 21, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Jeremiah 17:5-10
Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6
Luke 16:19-31

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Today's First Reading says something about human nature we probably would rather not hear and probably, in fact, have successfully denied, namely:

"More tortuous than all else is the human heart. . . ." (Jeremiah 17:9)

You might argue, "Not my heart, I don't kill, rob or maim." Well then, thanks be to God, because it is by His grace and our cooperation with His grace, that we aren't any worse than we are.

In truth, only by God's grace do we have any moral sense of what is right. However, when we fail to utilize God's grace, anything our physical nature urges, might become the engine which drives us; anything our uninformed or compromised intellect proposes may become fair game and anything a will not conformed to the law of God's desires, becomes legitimate.

But thanks be to God, He has placed His Law within our heart and gives us ample opportunities to reshape it giving it the capacity to act morally, civilly and lovingly.

Let us then be quick to give God praise for any good that we may see in others and in ourselves, and may we resolve with His help to nurture our hearts to grow more like that of our Savior who freely poured out His life-blood that we might be saved.

Lord, God, Savior,
Give us strength to mold our hearts in your true likeness.
Sons and servants of our Father.
(from a Lenten hymn at Morning Prayer, p.45 of the Divine Office)

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

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St. Peter Damian, bishop and doctor of the Church

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