Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
Februrary 4 A.D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Hebrews 12:4-7, 11-15
Psalm 103:1-2, 13-14, 17-18a
A reflection on today's Scripture:
In today's First Reading from Holy Scripture we are cautioned not to allow any bitter root to spring up which might cause trouble and lead someone to be defiled.
Bitterness, whether overt or subtle, is a robber. It takes that to which it has no right, and leaves in its wake not just the sadness and void of missed opportunities, but a deformity that prevents us from moving from what is negative to that which is positive.
Though often rejected, Jesus did not respond by being bitter.
Holy Scripture tells us that among His own townspeople, Jesus was not able to perform any mighty deed, apart from curing a few sick people by laying His hands on them.
This story, and Jesus' example, teaches us how to overcome our tendencies to be bitter. It encourages us not to focus entirely on just what has gone wrong or isn't as we desire, but to do the good that we can, even if it is only something very small.
Then, when we are mistreated or misunderstood, may we refrain from either lashing out or retreating as bitterness would have us do. Instead, like Jesus, let us extend ourselves toward others -- laying hands on them, so to speak. In doing so, someone might be cured.
Who knows, it may well be not only someone else, but maybe us, as well.
- Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
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Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Wednesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
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