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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 11 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Samuel 1:1-8
Psalm 116:12-13, 14-17, 18-19
Mark 1:14-20

A reflection on today's Scripture:

The season of Ordinary Time is characterized by a gospel narrative read in sequence from the public ministry of Jesus to just before his triumphal entrance to Jerusalem.

We live in Ordinary Time: from our call to just before the judgment of Christ as to our entry into the new and eternal Jerusalem. Inspired as we are by Advent and Christmas, moved to penance during Lent, filled with hope as Easter is celebrated and Pentecost observed, it is Ordinary Time that tests our discipleship and discipleship is very much the heart of the scriptures of Ordinary Time.

Jesus declares the fundamental message for the Church year and our lives: "This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel." Jesus begins to call disciples at the start of His public ministry and His Word calls me again at this start of Ordinary Time.

I can give thanks for what I have received and graces I cooperated with. I acknowledge that I need to listen to the Lord who has come among us, and through my repentance and fuller belief in the Gospel, more closely attend to His will in my life. Jesus says to follow Him. He calls Simon and Andrew and James and John. "You will be fishers of men."

It is good to realize that Jesus has a plan for my discipleship. The Church invites us to consider how the sacraments are a source of this renewal (see Prayer after Communion) and asks the Lord to "help us to thank you by lives of faithful service."

~ Rev. Stephen H. Gratto
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Monday, January 11, 2010

Monday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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


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