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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 20, A.D. 2003

Genesis 9:1-13
Psalm 102:16-23,29
Mark 8:27-33

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Anyone with the least grain of poetic sensitivity is fascinated at the site of a rainbow in the sky. Its colors stand out against gray storm clouds. No wonder God used this phenomenon as a sign of promise and hope, as the sign of His Covenant. Along with that Covenant, went a stern warning to Noah and his family that they must never eat life itself, that is, the blood of animals. And, more, they were never to take human life, for all life is sacred.

While we do make real efforts to feed the hungry and alleviate the pain of so many in the world, so many do not "get" the message that the bottom line is respect for all life. We do take human life, we do destroy the life-blood of so many unborn babies. And human cloning is still a subject for debate with many people. Do we not realize that this is "playing God"?

We need that rainbow of hope, of promise. We need to take much greater care that our transgressions do not force God to remove that rainbow, and to withdraw His Covenant.

May we pray each day for a full restoration of the culture of Life. It is our calling!

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore (smartins@twcny.rr.com)


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