Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 21, A.D. 2004
Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
In today's Gospel we see something that seems so characteristic of our human nature, that is, we often don't come to our senses until and unless we experience hardship. When all is going well (or so we think) we rely on our own ingenuity and think that we really are in control of life's events and outcomes. We fail to recognize just how powerless and dependent we are.
Powerlessness and dependence are not happy contemporary terms and denote a state of being that for most couldn't be more undesirable, It is however important to understand that when it comes to our relationship with God, recognizing our powerlessness and dependence is essential - it's called humility.
Knowing who we are before the face of God and who God is creates a relationship of authenticity. There are no delusions, no opportunities for game-playing.
Where in contemporary relationships we may be powerless and dependent in a relationship with the Divine we hold a "trump card" -- that is, the heart of the Almighty, like the Father in the story of the Prodigal Son, is moved with compassion and mercy for the repentent.
Let us then not look on our hardships and failings as altogether onerous, but perhaps an opportunity to acknowledge our dependence and sorrow for wounding the heart of so loving a God and Father.
- Donna Raye Nelson, ocds
(drn3rd at hotmail dot com)
Fourth Sunday of Lent
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