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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 14, A.D. 2003

Ezekiel 18:21-28
Psalm 130:1-8
Matthew 5:20-26


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

As I was reading the Opening Prayer for Today's Mass, the words struck me that Lent is a time to prepare us to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus.

The words (celebrating death and resurrection) fall easily off of our tongue or move effortlessly through our minds; but when I think what it might mean--really mean--to prepare for the death of Jesus and prepare for His resurrection, it isn't all that easy.

If you have ever experienced the death of a loved one, especially one that you saw suffer with pain, apprehension or illness, you begin to realize what kind of preparation might be required in order to celebrate death.

In a similar manner, when we really consider what we might be willing to do in order to experience resurrection of such a loved one, we begin to see what celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus might involve.

By becoming man, Jesus made it possible for us to identify with Him. His death and resurrection do not remain obscure events but those that, because of God's grace, have been endured and conquered. Let this important lesson of Lent not be lost on us, but become an ever-growing source of love for the God who became man.

We remember

         we celebrate

               we believe!


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

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



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