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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 21 A.D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Hebrews 7:1-3, 15-17
Psalm 110:1, 2, 3, 4
Mark 3:1-6

A reflection on today's Scripture:

In today's Gospel we hear the story of how, on the Sabbath, Jesus cured the man with a withered arm.

Have you ever seen someone with a deformed arm or hand who uses it to perform tasks we do with ease? When I do, I think of how I might never have overcome such a difficulty, reluctant as I am to be known as I am -- broken, wounded, needy. They, who do however, have bravely overcome; they do not hide their injured arms or hands knowing that to do so, gains them nothing.

So then, when I hear this Gospel and picture a person with such a disability in the presence of Jesus, I hold my breath knowing as we do, that he will be cured, even though it is the Sabbath.

Why, first of all, because the man with the withered arm was receptive and came when beckoned by Jesus. Secondly, because as Jesus demonstrated, charity always takes precedence, even when the choice is between things of value, worthy things like adherence to laws and practices vs. acting with charity.

Aren't these two simple and wonderful lessons? Simply wonderful?

What is it about you that is withered or deformed, will you acknowledge it and give Jesus a chance to cure you?

And, when you have a choice, will you choose to do what is most loving, always?

- Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Agnes, virgin and martyr

Lives of the saints:

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


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