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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 2, A.D. 2003

Hosea 2:16-17,21-22
Psalm 103:1-4,8,10,12-13
2 Corinthians 3:1-6
Mark 2:18-22


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

In today's Gospel Jesus talks about fasting and about the concept of sacrifice being impossible unless our entire selves are changed. Going through the motions mean nothing and in fact can run counter to, and can be counterfeits of, what the Lord desires.

And what is it that the Lord desires? Over and over we're told that it is mercy the Lord desires; loving genuine responses toward our neighbor, not stiff self-serving sacrificial formulas.

On this last Sunday before the beginning of the Lenten Season, may Jesus' exhortations in today's Gospel be the prelude for our own Lenten observances. Let it help us to remember that all we do is worthless unless there's a fundamental and determined effort to be created anew in His likeness.

- Donna Raye Nelson, ocds (drn3rd@hotmail.com)

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