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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 11 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Kings 11:4-13
Psalm 106:3-4, 35-36, 37 and 40
Mark 7:24-30

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Scripture gives us several examples of Christ having personal encounters. One such example is in today's gospel: that of the pagan woman asking Him to rid her daughter of a devil. While there is much one can take from this meeting, one is that of the gift of Christ. After her continual pleas He heals the daughter.

Speaking of gifts, we have a wonderful role model in Our Blessed Mother. She was asked to give her body, to become the mother of Christ and her role as a mother to the Savior was full of joys, but also sacrifices. We focus on her today as it is the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes.

What are our gifts, our talents? Are we open to who might benefit from these gifts both within our family and the greater community? Are we willing to share them with those who ask? Do we continue to develop and refine the gifts we have even as we age and our energy might be diminishing? We probably will not be asked to cast out a devil, but taking some cookies to a lonely neighbor can certainly raise someone's spirit. Little gifts, especially that of our time and caring presence can do wonders!

Our Lady of Lourdes, intercede for us.

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

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Optional memorial: Our Lady of Lourdes

Lives of the saints:

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


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