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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

Februrary 18 A.D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Genesis 8:6-13, 20-22
Psalm 116:12-13, 14-15, 18-19
Mark 8:22-26

A reflection on today's Scripture:

There is something very interesting in today's First Reading, something I've never noticed before -- God saying that men's hearts are wicked from the start.

It is interesting because it illustrates how well God knows us and the effect of our fall from grace. It shows us how merciful He is, not just in spite of our faults, but perhaps also, because of them.

Some may ask, "Why then, did God not only allow the flood, but promised He would never do anything like that again?" It is a valid question and one that will probably never be fully and satisfactorily answered -- other than to assume that, ultimately, God knows what He's doing.

With the story of The Flood, the receding waters and the beginning again of new life, we learn anew that God takes notice of us and our injuries (the evil of our hearts) and has not cast us off completely because of them.

Because of our sinfulness we are like someone who is injured and needs a helping hand.

Well dear friends, we have it! We have the hand and arm of the Almighty God, who has reached down from the heavens, as the psalmist says, and has drawn us out of the mighty and raging waters. He has extended not only His hand and arm, but His entire self, in the person of His Son, Jesus, the Christ.

What other help do we have or need for the evil of our hearts? What else would do?

Praise and glory be to you Almighty God, now and forever and forever! Amen.

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

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wednesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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