Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 15 A..D. 2010
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 Samuel 8:4-7, 10-22a
Psalm 89:16-17, 18-19
A reflection on today's Scripture:
When He saw their faith [the men lowering a paralytic to Him through the hole they made in the roof], He said to the paralytic, "Child, your sins are forgiven." (Mark 2:5)
Our first reading suggests the saying "keeping up with the Joneses," the idea that our worth is measured by what we have. The Israelites felt inferior to their neighboring countries because they lacked a king. Samuel gave them a long list of problems and abuses besieging nations who do have a king; for kings, being human like all men, share the same weaknesses, among them, controlling every facet of their subjects' lives. Being elevated to absolute power with no checks and balances, a king can be corrupted and his people rendered helpless. Despite Samuel's logical pleas based on his knowledge of other nations, the Israelites refused to believe a king could cost them money, freedom, manpower and even their lives. The Israelites' pride and lack of faith in the One True God blinded them to seeing that they already had a Divine King, far superior in love, truth, and wisdom than any human.
Today's gospel shows that some of Israel's religious authorities were like kings, absolute rulers over the people and immune to criticism, yet they saw Christ as a threat because they had no true knowledge of God. To discredit Jesus, they accused Him of blasphemy, trying to act as God by telling the paralytic that his sins were forgiven. They did not accept Jesus as the Messiah, nor understand that people are difficult to heal physically if they think their "heinous" sin excludes them from receiving God's loving forgiveness, especially if they believe that their illness is deserved as His punishment. Such thoughts block their being receptive to divine blessings. Note that throughout the gospels, Christ stresses the absolute necessity of faith in God's goodness that opens our hearts and minds to welcome His healing love.
O Blessed Father,
may Your Son's Spirit enter our hearts, removing all doubts of Your love by realizing that You permit events in our lives, by grace, to sanctify and save us.
~ Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Friday, January 15, 2010
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