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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 13 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Kings 12:26-32; 13:33-34
Psalm 106:6-7ab, 19-20, 21-22
Mark 8:1-10

A reflection on today's Scripture:

To me, the gift of a free will has always been both a blessing and a curse. It is part of what distinguishes us from lesser creatures and allows us the wonderful depth and breadth of our experiences. Its misuse on the other hand, brings on us and others grief and heartache.
At times it seems as if we don't realize that we have intelligence and a free will, but bumble blindly through life as if we were salmon rushing upstream in a frenzied pace to breed and die. We blame each other, our parents, or our life circumstances for our actions. We don't acknowledge that while we may not be able to control what happens to us and the feelings elicited, we can control how we respond.
Please, dear Lord, let me learn the lesson of the Garden of Eden. Let me praise You for the wonderful gift of a free will which You have so graciously given to me. Let me not fail to remember that with You and in You are the graces I need, to use my free will for Your greater honor and glory and for the salvation of my immortal soul. Help me recognize that I alone bear the responsibility for my sinful behavior and in You is a source of power to overcome the evil in my life.
~ Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS | email: drn3rd@hughes.net

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Saturday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

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