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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 22 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Samuel 24:3-21
Psalm 57:2-4, 6, 11
Mark 3:13-19

A reflection on today's Scripture:

He appointed twelve to send them to preach and have authority to drive out demons.
(Mark 3:14-15)

Today's readings deal with the concept of power, therefore we will begin with the events prior to our first reading that suggests a possible conflict between the two men. Saul, Israel's king, was instructed by God that after his army defeated the Amalekites, they should also destroy all their possessions.

Saul disobeyed God by telling his men to save the best sheep and oxen so he could offer them in sacrifice to God. Later he regretted not carrying out the instructions and sought forgiveness from God. In response, Samuel, God's seer, was sent to Saul to tell him that he had lost his kingship; he could not be forgiven for his lack of submission, presuming to improve God's orders.

Samuel was next sent to Jesse, a man with seven sons, to select one of them to be Israel's next king. When Samuel saw David, the youngest, he recognized him as the correct choice, gave him God's holy anointing and declared him Saul's successor.

The above explanation shows the reason both Saul and David dreaded meeting, as the transfer of power could incite violence. God, however, arranged a "chance" meeting between the two men. It took place in a cave, and as they aired their feelings and thoughts, they discovered they harbored no rancor toward nor intent to harm one another, for both accepted that God's wisdom and power must prevail.

Our gospel proves God's power to accomplish His perfect will, for through Christ He has made it possible for us to participate in His healing love. Jesus was not sent to only mend broken bodies but also to heal man's heart, mind and spirit, to restore us to spiritual health, cleansed of sin and imbued with Christ's Spirit.

Jesus chose the Apostles, ordinary men now empowered by His Spirit, to create a new people capable of advancing Christ's Messianic Mission, to move humanity from spiritual death to the hope of eternal life. We too participate in Christ's mission when we share with others the love He has lavished upon us.

O Eternal Father,
help us to direct Your love that has come to us through Christ and the Holy Spirit, to make every effort to increase this world's unity and peace.

~ Marie Bocko, OCDS | email: mlbocko(at)twcny(dot)rr(dot)com

Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

St. Vincent, deacon and martyr

Lives of the saints:

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


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