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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 30 A.D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Hebrews 10:32-39
Psalm 37:3-4, 5-6, 23-24, 39-40
Mark 4:26-34

A reflection on today's Scripture:

We are limited by our experiences, by our perceptions of things.

For instance, we can only see an elephant fly in our imagination or in a cartoon, because we know from experience that they do not fly. It is not surprising then, that at the time of Christ and since then, we have had difficulty understanding the concept of the Kingdom of God. Our perception of kingdoms is that of luxury and good times.

In today's letter to the Hebrews, Paul speaks of the tribulations that believers in Christ might experience during their lives. (see Hebrews 10:32-39) Earthly suffering is difficult for many to comprehend. It does not usually fit into our human perceptions of "kingdom."

We speak of expanding the Kingdom of God while here on earth, by our good example and sharing the Good News. We do not know how God will judge the unbeliever at the end of time, for it depends on many things, but we do realize that "faith" is key to the Kingdom.

Christ realizes our struggle about understanding the Kingdom and uses a wonderful parable as an example, that of the mustard seed and the large plant that grows from such a tiny seed. If we were able to understand the full significance of this parable, it would not be "faith." (Mark 4:33)

Like the farmer with his seeds, we nourish and protect the seeds of our faith, and then need to let go and trust in God. Letting go is not a passive activity, but rather, fully using our gift of free will.

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
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January 30, 2009

Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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