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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 3 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

2 Samuel 24:2, 9-17
Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 6, 7
Mark 6:1-6

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Receiving advice or criticism from anyone is difficult and it seems to be particularly difficult when we receive it from someone who is close to us.

For instance, watch a child when a parent is instructing them and showing them what they had done wrong. In many instances the child will talk back or argue. For adults, when receiving criticism or advice from a boss or someone we are not particularly close to, while difficult, it is generally accepted. However, when we receive advice from a loved one, such as a spouse or brother or sister, it is particularly hard to take.

This happened to our Lord when He preached in His own hometown for the first time. He brought them the good news, the gospel. But for many of the listeners, it was probably something they did not want to hear. Jesus brought the truth and the truth in many respects was contrary to the way they lived their lives. He was asking them to change and change radically.

This was hard for the people He lived with His entire life. The result was they rejected Him, much as we sometimes do when we hear the truth from a loved one.

As we reflect on today's Scripture, let us also reflect on those times when those close to us brought us the truth which was hard to hear. Did we accept what they said and use it to improve ourselves, or did we reject them outright? When we hear the good news of our Lord, do we accept it as it is, as the truth for our good, or do we reject it also?

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

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wednesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Blaise, bishop and martyr

St. Ansgar, bishop

Lives of the saints:

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


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