Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 16 A.D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Hebrews 4:1-5, 11
Psalm 78:3 and 4bc, 6c-7, 8
Mark 2:1-12

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Word choices in the translations of scripture are interesting.

Today's readings focus on "rest" and "faith." One translation speaks of entering into rest, and enter is a verb. It takes action on our part.

It is reassuring to realize that God has invited us into His rest for eternity. St. Paul's letter to the Hebrews refers to "reaching the place of rest He had for them." (Hebrews 4:1) Reference is made to resting on the seventh day. (Hebrews 4:4)

Sunday is like a mini-taste of heaven, when we can set aside our work and enter into time with God, by worship, reading, reflecting, and building family. Scripture recognizes this choice of ours, to enter into this rest as an act of faith, not a time to be lost.

We see the power of this faith in the Gospel of Mark which describes Christ healing the man from his sins, and then from his palsy. Mark 2:5 states that when Jesus had seen their faith the healings took place.

How are we planning to "enter into our rest" on the Sundays in 2009? It is an opportunity to strengthen our faith as we prepare for the year ahead!

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
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Friday, January 16, 2009

Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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