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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 11, A.D. 2003

Isaiah 55:10-11
Psalm 34:4-5,6-7,16-17,18-19
Matthew 6:7-15

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"This is how you are to pray...." (Matthew 6:9)

The first two readings today are an affirmation and a reminder of who God is, how we are to relate to Him and how our knowledge of Him should affect our daily lives. We're not a mere cosmic accident, nor an assemblage of soulless beings enslaved to our natural instincts; we're rational people created in the image of a loving God to live in peace and joy, free from all fears. Though evil appears to upset God's plan, in reality it has already been defeated by The Father's Holy Word, Christ, sent by Him to conquer both evil and death. Jesus was given to us to restore us to the goodness and perfection in which we were originally created. God's Word came to us in power, and therefore He will not return to the Father void; for through us He will bear much fruit, that we may bring new life into the world.

How is this great task to be accomplished? Too many of us think that we pray for the purpose of changing God's mind, persuading Him to give us what we desire. In truth, we pray so that in our contacts with Him He can change us by first making us aware of sin's seriousness and asking us to accept Christ, His Word, as our Savior, and finally by allowing Him, through His Spirit, to transform us in mind and heart that we may become more and more like Him. Then in seeing our resemblance to His Son, the Father will adopt us as His children and make us co-heirs with His Son to His kingdom. God's plan is to bring salvation to His children, individually, person by person; and each of us is obliged to share it with others.

The prayer Jesus gave us, the "Our Father," is central because it declares our belief in God as the Source of Life and our assent to live in the love and truth He teaches. We learn from it that our forgiveness by God of our sins is contingent on our first forgiving others. Why? Simply because a God Who is love cannot abide in a soul filled with animosity and hostility; such persons mock the very reason Christ was given to us.

Merciful Father,
through our observance of Lent,
give us a deeper understanding
of the meaning of Christ's death and rising
as it relates to our daily lives. Amen.

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


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