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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 28 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

2 Samuel 7:18-19, 24-29
Psalm 132:1-2, 3-5, 11, 12, 13-14
Mark 4:21-25

A reflection on today's Scripture:

All that we have and all that we are is a total gift from God. Even our ability to reach out to others is because many gifts have first been given to us by God.

Today's gospel reminds us that the "light," the gifts we have been given, are meant to be shared with others, as pointed out by the phrase: "Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed?" (see Mark 4:21)

There is an old expression, "If you want something to get done, ask a busy person." If we are that "busy person," it brings up the issue of replenishing ourselves, our spiritual energy. We cannot give away that which we do not have. Christ reassures us however that "to the one who has, more will be given." (see Mark 4:25)

Should we decide that we wish to be instruments of God, using His graces for others, then we need to find time and space to replenish ourselves spiritually. The choice to do this is up to us. We can fill our vessel with ourselves, with our earthly worries over unimportant things, or we can choose to spread the "Light."

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

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

St. Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the Church

Lives of the saints:

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


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