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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 15, A.D. 2003

Deuteronomy 26:16-19
Psalm 119:1-2,4-8
Matthew 5:43-48

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

The Lord seems to know so well how to encourage us toward perfection without overwhelming us into despair in the face of so lofty an aspiration. In the secular world, the word "perfection" creates visions of neurotic and obsessive behavior and portends failure.

And yet Jesus said, we must be made perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect. How, Lord, are we to do that? Could the Jesus who loves us, ask of us the impossible and set us up for failure? Could he assign us an oppressive and unattainable task? Never! God so loved the world, we are told and we believe, that He gave us His only Son -- to imitate, to comfort us, to feed us with His very flesh and blood.

Dearest Jesus, I love and believe. I will imitate you. I will go to you when I fail and need your mercy and forgiveness to help pick me up and try even harder. I will eat your Sacred Body and drink your Precious Blood and become what I eat and drink: Christ in the world -- my very Perfection!

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


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