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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

Februrary 21 A.D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Hebrews 11:1-7
Psalm 145:2-3, 4-5, 10-11
Mark 9:2-13

A reflection on today's Scripture:

This is my beloved Son. Listen to Him. (Mark 9:7)

The letter to the Hebrews asserts that faith is the most excellent and necessary grace or gift we can receive from God.

But unless we accept this basic gift, we cannot please God; for without faith we could not believe in His existence, or that He is the author of all creation who desires especially to establish a love relationship with us whom He made in His image. Faith also encompasses hope which is our expectation that God will fulfill His Scriptural promises.

Faith has two sources: we gain the first on our own by observing through our physical senses certain characteristics of reality that we see regularly repeated -- sunrises and sunsets, the change of seasons, etc. The second is God-given: a religious faith that connects us with Him as He discloses to those whose hearts and souls are open to Him, the ability to discern those things that are not experienced by our bodily senses. Our first reading speaks of Old Testament prophets whose faith enabled them to warn their people of the dire consequences of disbelief and disobedience to Godís law.

Today the Christian faith should come more easily to us, for Christ has fulfilled all of the Old Testament promises. We have also witnessed a dynamic force over many generations that continues to draw people to faith in Christ. However, we have also seen how the truly faithful have been subjected to criticism and oppression. Let us thank God for those willing to suffer the cost of teaching and living the Faith, since our present world conditions show us this need and the far greater costs of faithlessness.

Blessed Christ Jesus,
Faith in You is our way to true wisdom.
Help us to meditate on the Divine plan of salvation so we may grow in and share Your life with others.

- Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Saturday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Peter Damian, bishop and doctor of the Church

Lives of the saints:

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


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