Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 13 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Samuel 3:1-10, 19-20
Psalm 40:2 and 5, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10
Mark 1:29-39

A reflection on today's Scripture:

So, where do you hear the voice of God?

Samuel was called by God in the quiet of the night and it still took him a few times to understand who was calling him. Elijah heard God after the earthquake, storm and fire had passed, but only in a quiet whisper. Moses communed with God in solitude on a mountain top. Our Lord went into the wilderness frequently to pray. It seems that God is best heard in the quiet solitude.

Never before in history has mankind been so bombarded with noise. We face a continuous stream from television, radio, the internet, magazines, mail, email, billboards and on and on and on. We have come to the point where it is difficult to hear any distinct message among all the messages presented to us nearly all the time. Hundreds and even thousands of years ago mankind did not have near the noise we have today; but yet, the good people of God found Him in quiet solitude.

Now, more than ever, we need to seek God in periods of quiet solitude. We may find him in quiet prayer in our homes, during Eucharistic adoration, or on retreats. God is there in His quiet whisper, talking to us and it is up to us to escape the noise and hear Him.

~ Don Claunch, SFO
| email: dlclaunch@bresnan.net

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

St. Hilary, bishop and doctor of the Church

Lives of the saints:

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


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