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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 12 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Kings 11:29-32; 12:19
Psalm 81:10-15
Mark 7:31-37

A reflection on today's Scripture:

He has done all things well. (Mark 7:37)

Psalm 81 sets the theme for today's Liturgy of the Word. In it God speaks clearly and directly to His people by identifying Himself as their Lord, the only one that they should worship. It was He and not some strange god who liberated the Israelites from their slavery in Egypt and provided them with a land they could call their own. However, because Israel did not acknowledge Him as their Creator, nor heed His Word, He left them to follow their own will and hardened hearts. If they would hear Him and obey, He would humble Israel's enemies, turn His hand against them and assure His people freedom and safety, shielded by His love and truth within their hearts.

In Kings we meet Solomon who brought ruin upon himself and lost all but one of the tribes he governed to Jeroboam. It was only out of respect for his father David that he was allowed to keep one small part of the Kingdom. The prophet Ahijah was sent to announce God's decision to Solomon in consequence of his having turned away from the God of Israel. It was a turning point in Israel's history, a preparation for the coming of a new era that would focus on Israel's Messianic mission.

We see why Mark's gospel has earned the name "The Dawn of Salvation," for it cited the miracles performed by Christ to identify His mission, that of forgiveness through repentance and sacrifice, our dying to selfishness and self-will. The effect of this is redemption as the Holy Spirit carries forth the process of sanctification, the cleansing of a once sinful person, making him fit to be reunited with our All Holy God. Mark alludes in his gospel to the prophecy of Isaiah, that the world's savior would do all things well by making the deaf to hear and the mute to speak. Our faith in the power and love inherent in the Word of God can break through all the barriers we can erect through our ignorance, lovelessness and selfishness to make us one with Him.

O God our Father, You promised to remain ever with those who live by doing what is just and loving. We ask through Your Son and Spirit to unite us to You eternally. Amen.

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

Friday, February 12, 2010

Friday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

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