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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

Februrary 16 A.D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Genesis 4:1-15, 25
Psalm 50:1 and 8, 16bc-17, 20-21
Mark 8:11-13

A reflection on today's Scripture:

They began to argue with Jesus. . . .

There are Pharisees in the modern day. In fact, most of us become a little bit pharisaical if what we want isn't in conformity with what God requires as taught by the Holy Catholic Church.

How many Catholics practice birth control? How many turn their heads away when the politician they wish to elect is a strident supporter of abortion? Surely not the readers of this column, but unfortunately, when we are not guided by Christ, we are guided by ourselves. And we are very poor guides indeed. Jesus warns us in Matthew 15, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone; they are blind guides (of the blind). If a blind person leads a blind person, both will fall into a pit."

But we have a sure and reliable guide to the truth, one that is not bound by mere human considerations, but looks to eternity and to the good of each person in eternity. Our Guide, the ancient and venerable teachings of the Holy Catholic Church, is a sure one. Jesus tells us that "the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18). And this is certain, both because of the protection of the Holy Spirit and because of the Apostolic guides who continue to help us understand what God desires from us. The Pope and the Bishops guide us in all matters of faith, and while sometimes, regrettably, they may fail as people, the truth they teach, if they teach with the deposit of faith, is absolutely reliable.

So, the next time you find yourself asking questions about what the Church may teach or require (it's always good to ask questions and seek to understand), also look to see if the incomprehension or irritation that is experienced might not be a result of what we desire conflicting with what we know to be right.

- JuandelaCruz, TOC
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Monday, February 16, 2009

Monday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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


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