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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 17 A.D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Hebrews 4:12-16
Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 15
Mark 2: 13-17

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. (see Mark 2:17)

The reading from Hebrews strongly affirms Christ's divinity by calling Him the great high priest, far above the high priest of the temple. He is the omniscient God in human flesh, able to read man's innermost mind and heart. Yet though superior in His knowledge and having passed through the heavens, He was nonetheless fully human, a man tested like all others yet remaining sinless.

Because Jesus faced the same temptations we face, He understands our weaknesses and is gentle and merciful toward sinners, and being so approachable, He makes His message of forgiveness and the God-given grace to reform our lives easily believed. Christ is actually the living Word of God's law of love that brings refreshment, renewal and joy to our sin-injured hearts and minds.

Today's gospel shows the effects of God's love on Levi, a customs collector who later became a disciple of Christ. Customs collectors were known to enrich themselves by overcharging tariffs. The Scribes and Pharisees were scandalized when Christ broke the rule of not dining with known sinners. Christ silenced them by saying that His mission is comparable to that of a physician; He came to minister to the sick and not those who are well.

Christ's task was to call sinners to repent and inspire them to accept healing by adopting the righteous ways of God. The irony is that the Scribes and Pharisees were reputed to be as corrupt as the customs collectors, but their self-righteous pride kept them dead in sin. Jesus knew that to condemn or ostracize sinners only served to further distance them from their loving God.

Ever-present Father,
your watchful care orders all things through the power of Your love. Give us the wisdom to always exercise Your love in keeping with Your will.

- Marie Bocko, OCDS
| email: mlbocko@twcny.rr.com

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

St. Anthony, abbot

Lives of the saints:

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