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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 20 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Samuel 17:32-33, 37, 40-51
Psalm 144:1b, 2, 9-10
Mark 3:1-6

A reflection on today's Scripture:

I took a class in graduate school on moral theology where the professor discussed at length what the natural law was and how all the scholars over the centuries had explained it and applied it to the lives of Christians. He talked about St. Thomas Aquinas, Pope Leo XII and the seemingly countless philosophers who had examined this and then we tried to apply it to modern day situations. This is where the learning became difficult as applying our learning to modern ethical debates in health care, end of life decisions and so forth is not as cut-and-dried as it might seem.

One night in my frustration of trying to grasp all this information on ethics, morals and theology, my wife asked what the problem was as I had always been a good student and never struggled before. I tried to explain the content of this very difficult course and when I had finished I was sure she had not understood a word I had said. But after a second or two she said something very profound: "I think you are making too much of this stuff. It seems to me that it comes down to 'it is never wrong to do the right thing,'" and in a matter of seconds she summed up what the professor had been trying to tell us.

David fought and defeated the giant Philistine Goliath at great peril because it was the right thing to do at that time. Our Lord healed the man with the withered hand on the sabbath in front of the Pharisees because it was the right thing to do. My wife was (and is) correct: it is never wrong to do the right thing.

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

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
St. Fabian, pope and martyr
St. Sebation, martyr

Lives of the saints:

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