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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 4, A.D. 2003

Sirach 35:1-12
Psalm 50:5-8,14,23
Mark 10:28-31


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"Many who are first will be last, and the last will be first." (Mark 10:31)

Last Tuesday's Scripture dealt with God's gifts, that they should not be used selfishly to gain worldly profit and importance, but instead for the good of others and so to the honor and glory of God. Today's readings explore another facet of this theme. Both the book of Sirach and Psalm 50 remind us that all the good we have comes from God to whom, in thanksgiving, we owe an oblation; and the best offering we can make to Him in return is our self-giving love shown by our faithfully keeping His law. Our humility, gratitude and generosity toward Him and one another will be repaid by Him, if not in this world, then surely in the next where we will be given His most precious gifts, eternal life -- salvation. Our behavior will bring benefits to others as well.

Christ's disciples, still thinking in worldly terms, remind Him they have forsaken all to follow Him and ask what the return will be on their great investment. The answer He gives them is rather cryptic, promising that they will receive everything they have forfeited one hundred times over and in addition gain eternal life. Their road, like His will bring persecution; but their mission will be to carry forth the work He has begun and actually completed. In their own flesh they will make Him and His saving power known to the world to win many souls to the Father's kingdom. In God's plan our home and family will be far greater than earthly possessions and relationships with those we have befriended or who are our blood kin.

God wills all humanity to be united to Him through Christ in His Spirit of love and truth. Each of us has a part in bringing God's plan to fruition. We must not limit the scope of human life to mere time, nor should we allow sin to blind us to our all being created by God and therefore members of one great family. In the age to come, those who humbly accept and live by this truth will be "first."

Blessed God,
form us anew in the likeness of Your Son,
that we may touch the hearts of all those whom we meet
with Your love and truth
and so help establish world peace.
Amen.


- Marie Bocko, ocds (mlbocko@borg.com)

http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/

St. Casimir


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