Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 8 A..D. 2010
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 John 5:5-13
Psalm 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20
A reflection on today's Scripture:
I am ever-amazed upon learning of the infinite love and loving care Our Lord has bestowed upon us, His chosen ones, those who acknowledge, obey and praise His authority and Kingship over us all. We must always defer our imperfect wills and wishes to His perfect will, as His will and wishes for us are always exactly what we need. We will never fully understand all the "why's" of what He asks of us; only our sinful human pride compels us to know - our humility does not question Him, it only obeys and thanks Him.
In today's Gospel, Jesus cures a man who was suffering from an advanced case of leprosy. The leper prostrated himself in the dirt at Our Lord's feet and begged to be healed if it was His will to do so. Such an act of humility, obedience and faith in Jesus' Divinity compelled Our Lord's mercy and healing. The leper trusted in God's Mercy, and he received it.
I guess it's an occupational hazard of mine (as an RN) to be curious about all the healings Jesus performed while He walked amongst us. After curing the leper, Jesus sent him to the Temple to authenticate his healing, and to give proper thanksgiving according to The Law. Well, I turned to the book of Deuteronomy and read there in great fascination about how God in His Infinite wisdom cared for the Jewish people through The Law He gave through Moses. Over 1,000 years before Christ's birth, God had instructed the Jewish priests on how to accurately diagnose leprosy, how to deal with it effectively, prevent its transmission and confidently determine whether or not an individual was cured of it – all of that millenniums before microbiology would be realized!
The Law also contains many other examples of how God cared for His people. For example, God had a reason for mandating that the newborn Jewish boys not be circumcised until the eighth day after birth. The Jews did not know why, but they trustingly obeyed Him in faith. Medical science now knows that a newborn's immature liver does not produce Vitamin K (a needed precursor to the blood's clotting ability) until approximately eight days after birth. Yes, just another example of "Father knows best"!
~ Nancy Collingwood
Friday, January 8, 2010
Lives of the saints:
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