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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

Februrary 14 A.D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Genesis 3:9-24
Psalm 90:2, 3-4abc, 5-6, 12-13
Mark 8:1-10

A reflection on today's Scripture:

See! The man has become like one of us, knowing what is good and what is bad.
(Genesis 3:22)

Today's reading from Genesis shows the true nature of man's first and most basic of sins. Disobedience to God's law is only a symptom of the deeper problem, pride, our sinful perversion of the God-given instinct for survival which we often, subconsciously, interpret to mean asserting our individual "will" by behaving in ways that will appear to gain the most and the best for ourselves.

This begins in infancy when a child cries to signal his legitimate needs. Later when the child learns the power of the word "no," this often turns into his "acting out," seeking to assert his will and gain control over his parents. If they succumb to his tantrums, they can expect to lose many more battles.

Individualism is God's way of making us aware of and developing those unique qualities He gives us to fulfill our purpose in life but also to help others fulfill theirs. This plan falls apart when people replace living in God's love and truth by becoming their own "little gods" and cease to obey the One Who calls them to think and act in ways to benefit all.

Beginning with Adam and Eve, Scripture records many who grasped God's gifts greedily, and suffered dire consequences. Today's gospel shows God's bountiful giving of all that is best for His people in every situation. May we learn to expand our horizons beyond those we envision through our own limited faculties; instead let us seek to develop an unwavering faith in God's will, and then enter, without hesitation, only those doors He opens for us.

O Father God,
Your loving plan of wisdom took flesh in Jesus Christ; help us to remain faithful to Him, Your Holy Word, that peace and joy will replace world strife. Amen.

- Marie Bocko, OCDS
| email: mlbocko@twcny.rr.com

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Saturday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Memorial of Saint Cyril, monk, and Saint Methodius, bishop

Lives of the saints:

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


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