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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 21 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Samuel 18:6-9; 19:1-7
Psalm 56:2-3, 9-10a, 10b-11, 12-13
Mark 3:7-12

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Sin is our turning away from God.

God never turns away from us, as His love is everlasting. He is LOVE. Sin puts us at a "dis-ease" with God. We know this even through our relationship with others when we sin against them. We are uncomfortable in their presence until there is healing and understanding.

Our churches were packed over the Christmas season and many received the beautiful Sacrament of Reconciliation, or "Confession" as we used to call it. It is a wonderful opportunity for healing and a chance to regain a sense of peace, of ease, instead of "dis-ease."

In the gospel of today, Christ had so many waiting to be healed that He asked the disciples to have a boat ready so He wouldn't be crushed by the people. (Mark 3:9) Wouldn't it be wonderful if we had waiting lines for the Sacrament of Reconciliation year round, not just before Christmas and Easter!

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS | jmurphy(at)syracuse(dot)net

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

St. Agnes, virgin and martyr

Lives of the saints:

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


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