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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 25, A.D. 2003

Isaiah 7:10-14;8:10
Psalm 40:7-11
Hebrews 10:4-10
Luke 1:26-28


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you." (Luke 1:28)

Throughout Lent let us meditate on God's merciful love for us, His people, as He unfolds His plan to rescue us from spiritual death caused by the sin that separates us from Him. Salvation history reveals that God always engages people to carry out His plan, first through His prophets and in this final age by pouring out new life upon us in the Person of His only begotten Son. What better way to prove His love than coming to us in human flesh and offering Himself up as the ultimate and final sacrifice to expiate our sins? For all former sacrifices served only as an acknowledgement of sin and sorrow for it. Jesus, the Christ, opened salvation to all who in faith and good will, hear and follow Him, God's living Word.

To carry forth His plan, God prepared a special vessel to receive and bear His Son into this world. The young virgin Mary, demonstrates to us the marvelous works God can perform through those whose love and trust in Him exceed any personal considerations, who abandon themselves to doing His will, regardless of possible negative consequences. Mary's, "yes" brought salvation to the world while risking ruin to her reputation, alienating Joseph, her betrothed, and being stoned to death for her 'sin.' Our Lenten episodes of fasting, extra prayers and penances, works of kindness and larger Church donations, all pale in contrast to offering up one's earthly happiness and very life in obedience to our Creator, and all done for a race of ungrateful and unrepentant sinners.

Today, let our hearts be filled with loving gratitude for God's great gifts to us made possible through Mary's sacrifices and sufferings and God's unfathomable and incomprehensible love for His errant children.

Compassionate Father,
as we participate in Lenten sacrifices,
let us offer them to You
as tokens of love and gratitude
for the incomparable gift of Your Son,
our Savior,
and His mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Amen.


- Marie Bocko, ocds (mlbocko@borg.com)

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

Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord


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