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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 10 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Kings 10:1-10
Psalm 37:5-6, 30-31, 39-40
Mark 7:14-23

A reflection on today's Scripture:

The story of the Queen of Sheba and her visit to King Solomon is an intriguing one, and one that we many times misinterpret. In this story, the Queen of Sheba finds that what she has heard of Solomon and his great wisdom are certainly true. Now, let's reflect on what we know about Solomon, how he asks for and receives great wisdom. We know he originally used it for the good of the people and the good of his kingdom. But is that what is happening in the story of the Queen of Sheba, which occurs after we learn of the great use he made of his wisdom? No, we see that Solomon is no longer using his wisdom for the benefit of his people, the benefit of his nation. He is using it for his own glory to increase his own riches as he amazes the Queen of Sheba.

This is where Solomon goes wrong, and it is certainly where the lesson is for us. We have all been given gifts by God to do His work here on earth. We are to use our gifts that God has freely given us to do His work and not for our own benefit.

Part of being Christian is to reflect on a regular basis and ask ourselves what we are doing with the great gifts that God has given us. Are we using them to build God's Kingdom on earth and are we using them to do His mission of spreading the gospel and caring for the poor? Or are we using our gifts for our own personal gain? We know what happened to King Solomon. It is our duty to assure that the same fate does not befall us.

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

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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