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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 5 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 John 4:7-10
Psalm 72:1-2, 3-4, 7-8
Mark 6:34-44

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Usually it's not a good idea to take a phrase out of Holy Scripture without considering its context. If you do, there is a risk the intended meaning will be distorted. Yet, without any reference to context, I would like to focus on just a few words from today's Gospel.

"His heart was moved with pity."

Regardless of context, I read with my own eyes and understand with my own heart that Jesus' heart is moved with pity.

More often, I would never want anyone to be moved with pity for me. With Jesus, however, it is different. He already knows how pitiable I really am. He knows all my faults, fears, and failings; all my masks, moves, and motives; how much I need Him and yet, pitiably, do little to avail myself of Him.

Yet, He doesn't despise me. He loves me.

So, when reading Holy Scripture, I do indeed consider the context of the Holy Text, but more importantly consider Who (as in today's case) is being spoken of. It isn't just a small "h" his heart that was moved with pity, but a capital "H" His heart, His Sacred Heart, that was moved with pity.

And, for whom was it and is it moved?

For you, for me, for 5,000 hungry men, fed with just five loaves and two fish, for. . . .

"When Jesus saw the vast crowd, His heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd."

~ Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas

Memorial of Saint John Neumann, bishop

Lives of the saints:

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


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