Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 24, A.D. 2005
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
As I have done for you, you should do also." (see John 13:15)
The next three days in our liturgical calendar depict events which,
if properly understood and their truths followed, can transform our hearts
and minds to change human life for the better. Their basic theme is God's
infinite, unconditional love, a love He desires to instill in us so we may
share it with one another. God, our Father, sent us His Son to fulfill that
love perfectly in full sight of man through the total giving of Himself on
the cross for our salvation. Sin, our willful failure to live in His love
and truth, separates us from the All-Holy God and renders us spiritually
dead to Him.
Christ restores us to life by paying the penalty we deserved; He satisfied
God's justice by putting our sin to death in His own human flesh. In other
words, Jesus wiped the slate clean for us who have faith in Him and who
sincerely follow God's Living Word, His Christ. More wondrously, Christ's
resurrection is God's offer to us of a new glorious life beginning now on
earth and continuing in eternity with Him. We cannot accomplish this on our
own through purely human effort. God knows our weakness and provides us the
grace we need through His Holy Spirit. If we listen to and obey the Spirit,
we will receive the wisdom and strength needed to live in Christ's
resurrected (Holy) life.
Today's Gospel demonstrates the humility of Christ, His willingness
to serve His people by performing the most menial, thankless and undesirable
of tasks. Recall that He died for us. His washing of His disciples' feet
illustrates that they must first be cleansed so that they can help wash
from others' feet, the dirt they gather by walking in this world's sin.
Redeemer King, grant us the grace to be fully cleansed of our
transgressions; teach us to live purely and so make Your kingdom visible on
this earth and attract others to it. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, ocds
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
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