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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 22, A.D. 2003

Micah 7,14-15,18-20
Psalm 103:1-2,3-4,9-10,11-12
Luke 15:1-3,11-32


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

About forgiveness...

Today's Gospel tells us about a man who forgave his long-lost son who, being down on his luck, has unexpectedly returned to his family. A celebration is planned, joy abounds; yet, there is disappointment from the elder son who challenges his father's actions.

Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. He loves us! How wonderful to know that the Son of Man, born of a Virgin, became man and showed us how to love -- and to forgive. Yet, we have division in even the best of families, hurts from our childhood, lack of love in our lives, even separation that never reunites us until the death of a once-loved relative.

Luke recounts for us the abundance of God's love, mercy, forgiveness and most of all His compassion and kindness. This is a good reminder for us during this second week of Lent. It is never easy for us to say "I'm sorry, I was wrong, please forgive me." It is so easy to continue to live our lives, ignoring the compassion shown in this Scripture.

O Lord, you are kind and merciful.
Help me to be like You.
Amen


- Deacon Bill Powers (uujpow@aol.com)

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



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