Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 29, A.D. 2004
Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Today's First Reading illustrates the sin of adultery and its consequences in an Old Testament setting. The reason we've been given this story is to explain to us that every sin against God is unfaithfulness and adultery. Surely, as our present age drifts further from the Ten Commandments and dwells more on the darkness of it's own self-worship, so too, sin becomes commonplace, even paraded about like a merit-badge in public and brazenly idolized in the entertainment media. We, too, begin to falter when we succumb to our own personal self-worship.
Where can we find the spiritual strength to overcome this?
First we must set things straight with the Lord in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession). Next, we can form good habits by regular prayer throughout the day, by being present at Mass and by receiving Holy Communion in a state of grace and frequently throughout the week. Further, we must strive to live in the presence of God, availing ourselves of His life-giving graces on a moment-to-moment basis. From there, God will direct us to His holy will for us -- yes, moment by moment.
- Joachim, ocds
Fifth Week of Lent
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