Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
Februrary 5 A.D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Hebrews 12:18-19, 21-24
Psalm 48:2-3ab, 3cd-4, 9, 10-11
A reflection on today's Scripture:
There are two very important lessons from today's gospel.
The first lesson can be realized by looking closely at the Lord's commands to His apostles to take nothing with them as they are sent out. The gospel says that Jesus instructed the twelve that they should take nothing for the journey but "a walking stick -- no food, no sack, no money in their belts. They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic." (see Mark 6:8)
The first lesson here is really not that complex: Jesus was teaching the disciples to have complete dependence on God in their journey. Anything taken with them could have (and most certainly would have) been a distraction, taking them away from the task at hand, which was preaching.
The second lesson is a bit more subtle in that it seems to be overshadowed by the first. That lesson is that God shared with the twelve a great deal of His power. With this power they drove out demons and healed the sick.
The same lessons apply to us today. Do we rely solely on God for all we need, or do we tend to rely more on the things of the world? Do we realize that we share in the great gifts God has given us, or do we sit on them and leave them unused and stagnant?
- Don Claunch, SFO
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Thursday, February 5, 2009
Thursday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Agatha, virgin and martyr
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