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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 24, A.D. 2003

2 Kings 5:1-15
Psalm 42:2-3;43:3-4
Luke 4:24-30


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

In today's Gospel Jesus refers to the story of Naaman, a metaphor explained in great detail in today's first reading from the Second Book of Kings. At first, Naaman was insulted when asked to wash in Israel's Jordan River. Yet Naaman, a Gentile, was cured while many lepers in Israel remained uncured.

Jesus revealed himself as Messiah and Savior, not only for the Jews, but also for the Gentiles and for all humanity. We know this, but the Jews didn't accept that. Instead, in their pride, they were angered and smarted at Jesus' reminder of the story of Naaman.

It is important for us to remember that Jesus came to make eternal life possible for everyone. From these Scriptures, we should be encouraged to be obedient to God's voice, to do good when faced with the possibility of doing the selfish alternative: to commit a sin.

Let us draw from the faith, the power and the salvation that God has brought us -- to transform our hearts now and always.

If today you hear his voice,
harden not your hearts.
(Ps. 95:8)

- Joachim, ocds

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



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