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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 29 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

2 Samuel 11:1-4a, 5-10a, 13-17
Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6a, 6bcd-7, 10-11
Mark 4:26-34

A reflection on today's Scripture:

The reign of God is like a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds. But once it is sown, it becomes the largest of shrubs, enough for birds to build their nests. (see Mark 4:31-32)

Today's scripture emphasizes God's primary concern, humanity's redemption, not condemnation for its misdeeds. God permits people to face difficult relationships, events and situations as opportunities for them to learn their weaknesses and face the consequences of their sins. Some, who refuse to see themselves as God sees them, react with anger and stubborn denial. Others, the less prideful, react as God intended, by facing difficulties with His love, truth, patience and compassion. Such people grow in resemblance to Christ, thus becoming true children of God who attract others to live in God's Word, in the shelter of His kingdom.

King David's selfishness and lust led him to commit adultery and murder. Despite David's treachery, God saw a man who was not beyond redemption; for David's conscience became tortured when Nathan, the prophet, confronted the king with the contempt he had shown toward the life, love and truth given him by God. Remorseful for his sins, and in deep sorrow, David wrote Psalm 51, our second reading, in which he begs God's forgiveness and asks Him to create in him a new spirit to rectify his vile behavior and by grace to enable him to affect others' lives, to draw them also to be sanctified by God's Spirit.

In today's gospel, Christ compares God's kingdom to a mustard seed, for this seed is God's Word that contains within it the power of bringing forth new life. God is ever sowing His seed, and if it falls on a receptive and fertile soil (soul) it will grow to provide a blessed shelter for others, who like them, admit to being small, weak and in need. Christ's kingdom grows like seeds, hidden at first within the depths of human hearts and souls, but reaching maturity, the love and truth they develop extends beyond them to direct others past this world's confines to Christ's eternal kingdom.

O Heavenly Father,
from the beginning You have formed a people in the image of Your Son.
May we serve You by loving one another as You have loved us in Christ.

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

Friday, January 29, 2010

Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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


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