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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

Februrary 20 A.D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Genesis 11:1-9
Psalm 33:10-11, 12-13, 14-15
Mark 8:34-9:1

A reflection on today's Scripture:

The liturgical season of Lent is almost upon us!

The gospel message of St. Mark contains a statement that says much about our role in Lent or at any other time. He quotes Christ as saying "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me." (Mark 8:34)

Generally, we don't have to go looking for our crosses in life, the challenges of being a Christian are easily present in today's society. Life certainly has it's difficulties. Christ did not say "Take up your cross and follow me." He first said "deny yourself." We can learn from athletes, who first must exercise, must deny themselves to become strong and agile in order to do their best.

The same is true in the spiritual life, we need to pray, to fast in some way in order to be ready for the spiritual trials in life. Christ modeled that behavior for us in His own life. Scripture often refers to Christ going off by Himself to pray, often into the night. We know also of the struggles He had in the desert before He began His public ministry. Why should we not deny ourselves in some way!

How are we going to deny ourselves this Lent?

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
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Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday 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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