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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 17, A.D. 2003

Daniel 9:4-10
Psalm 79:8,9,11,13
Luke 6:36-38

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

I think that we'll see that the Scriptures for this Tuesday are apocalyptic. The writer of the Book of Daniel reminisced about past trials and punishments of the Jewish people. He laments the same misfortunes of his day, his own sins and all the people of Israel. And we see that today's Psalm cries out to God for compassion, pardon, and release from our sinful habits that grip us so firmly.

Then Jesus tells us so simply and calmly that we must be compassionate as the Father is compassionate, that we must not judge so that we will not be judged; that we must pardon so that we will be pardoned. For in so giving shall we receive, not only in good measure, but "pressed down, shaken together, running over...." This is a very real promise from God Himself!

Let us not become like those who take no responsibility for their sins, who continually seek their own selfish will, who trample down everyone in their path. Rather, let us be kind and forgiving to all, generous and helpful to those who cry out for help. Let each of us seek the Lord's call in every moment of this day, and every day of our lives.

- joachim, ocds


St. Patrick, bishop

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