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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 17, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

James 3:1-10
Psalm 12:2-3, 4-5, 7-8
Mark 9:2-13

A reflection on today's Scripture:

What a wonderful gift we have in the gift of speech!

Sometimes we don't appreciate it until we can't speak because of a bad cold, or worse yet, a stroke. New parents are ecstatic over the first words of their child. Speech allows us to build wonderful bonds with others, but we also have the ability to ruin others with the same gift.

Today's readings are about that gift. In the first reading, by St. James, he compares the power of the tongue with a rudder on a ship, the bit in a horse's mouth or a small flame in a forest. He also reminds us that a person without fault in speech is a perfect person. (James 3:1-10)

In the gospel for today, we get different challenges regarding speech surrounding the event of the Transfiguration of Christ. The first, is the challenge by God, our Father, who tells the apostles to LISTEN to His beloved Son. The second challenge is one that is probably difficult for many of us. It is the challenge to be STILL when we know some important piece of information. (Christ told the apostles not to speak of His Transfiguration until after He had risen from the dead.)
(Mark 9:2-13 )

In summary, we have a wonderful gift. How are we using it?
"Word, proceeding from the Father, guide us."

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

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