Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 7, A.D. 2003

Isaiah 58:1-9
Psalm 51:3-6,18-19
Matthew 9:14-15

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

We see in today's Gospel that the disciples of John the Baptist came to Jesus and asked Him why His disciples didn't fast. Jesus replied: "How can the wedding guests go into mourning so long as the groom is with them? When the day comes that the groom is taken away, then they will fast." (see Mt.9:15)

Today's First Reading from Isaiah neatly spells out how we are to fast: by releasing those bound unjustly, by untying the thongs of the yoke, setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke, sharing our bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless, clothing the naked, and not turning away when someone needs a helping hand.

But you say, "Hey, how am I gonna do all that!"

Well, to get started, first let's take that well-worn thought of kindness just a bit further!

Let us free ourselves of the bonds, the thongs of our personal sins. Let us abstain from our own petty dislikes, dissatisfactions, our warped love of self. Instead, let us give to our neighbor the "bread" of our kindness, let us clothe our enemy in the love of our forgiveness, and let us put others first and ourselves last. Yes, a new kind of alms for the poor.... all because of Jesus, the Lamb of God, who died for us because of our sins!

- Joachim, ocds


Ss. Perpetua & Felicity, martyrs

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