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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 22 A.D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Hebrews 7:25 -- 8:6
Psalm 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 17
Mark 3:7-12

A reflection on today's Scripture:

It is fascinating to hear about the great lengths the people of nearly 2000 years ago would go, just to get close to Jesus. The sick just wanted to touch Him to be healed and people traveled great distances to see Him, to hear Him and to be close to Him.

We're presently living in a world that is in a condition that we have never seen before. Technology has made the world a much smaller place as communication, travel and information happens at never before seen speeds. The economies of the world are under extreme stress and many are now suffering from loss of work, loss of wealth, famines, wars and horrible violence. Those of us who live in the developed world now face a very uncertain future, unlike most of us have ever experienced. It is truly a challenging and frightening time.

I have had the great blessing to serve as a communion minister for many years. Over the past months I have noticed a change in the faithful who come forward to receive the Eucharist and over breakfast one recent morning I spoke of it to my pastor and our parish Deacon. I told them it seemed to me the look in people's eyes was different and that they were coming to receive the Lord with a sense of hope and with a deep personal need in a world that almost seems hopeless. They both agreed and said they had seen it themselves and commented that they are seeing it more and more in their ministry. I also spoke of it to the Chaplain at the hospital where I work and he agreed, saying he was seeing the same thing.

In our first reading today, the writer to the Hebrews says, "Jesus is always able to save those who approach God through him, since he lives forever to make intercession for them." Our God lives and He is there for us always through prayer and the Eucharist. If you feel a loss of hope in these troubled times, do as the people did nearly 2000 years ago and press hard to be near Him and you will receive His healing grace.

- Don Claunch, SFO
| email: dlclaunch@bresnan.net

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

St. Vincent, deacon and martyr

Lives of the saints:

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


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