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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 13, A.D. 2003

Esther C:12,14-16,23-25
Psalm 138:1-2ab, 2cde-3,7c-8
Matthew 7:7-12


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

The prayer of Esther in today's first reading provides a model format for anyone of us. In a completely humble tone, she acknowledges that there is no other to whom she can turn for help but the King of kings. Her cry is poignant and sincere. Knowing well that she could lose her life for daring to burst into the Persian king's presence, she courageously risks all rather than allow her people to perish.

In the Gospel, Jesus urges us to burst into His throne room at any time of the day or night. Provided only that our prayer is humble, sincere, seeking only what God wills, He promises that He will always hear and answer us.

Why is it that our faith in prayer needs constant bolstering? Even when God has answered us over and over again in the past? We often have a reluctance to "overdo it." Is it our pride? Our laziness? What great things God could do through us if we more energetically and persistently approached His throne to beseech His Mercy!

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

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



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