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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

Februrary 11 A.D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Genesis 2:4b-9, 15-17
Psalm 104:1-2a, 27-28, 29bc-30
Mark 7:14-23

A reflection on today's Scripture:

In today's Gospel Jesus teaches us a lesson that is not necessarily about consumption and elimination in the usual sense of the words. It is instead a lesson that often eludes people who desire holiness and keep finding horrible thoughts or emotions popping into their minds.

Have you, like me, often found yourself plagued with angry and judgmental thoughts toward others? Why is it that this should be the case? Is it because I am so sinful, so self-absorbed, so unlike Jesus, Whom I love?

To some extent I'm sure it is, but thankfully Jesus today seems to tell us that we will be judged not by what comes into our heads, but how we respond, what we consciously do and allow to come forth from us.

Though few of us can be physically and psychologically separated from disturbing people and things of this world, all of us, with God's grace, can choose not to let them lead us away from a loving response, but toward responses that are more like Christ.

As Lent grows near let us ponder the fact that Jesus, though innocent and pure, exposed Himself for our sakes to all the defilement of mankind, that we might learn from Him how to be holy, even in this world.

Let us rejoice in the hope that this lesson teaches.

Jesus meek and humble of heart,
make my heart like unto Yours.

- Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
| email: drn3rd@hughes.net

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

[Our Lady of Lourdes]

Lives of the saints:

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


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