Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
February 26, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Hosea 2:16-17, 21-22
Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10, 12-13
2 Corinthians 3:1-6
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Today's gospel raises interesting questions about fasting. It's quite
that the Jewish Law demanded fasting. It was a way of purifying both
and body to make the person alert to Godıs inspirations. The Pharisees
fasted often in observance of the Law, and so too did John the Baptist
his followers. It was a way to holiness.
Why, then, did Jesus, after fasting for forty days and forty nights in
desert, decide to break with tradition? He did so as a public sign that
Messiah had come to usher in a New Law of freedom. All were called to
flexible and ready for change. There, the image of wine in new, supple,
wineskins has been a challenge to all ages.
The challenge of the second Vatican Council is still today a source of
discomfort for those who are deaf to the teachings of recent Popes.
in Jesusı day resisted change, as do people in our own day who fail to
the Church as the living voice of Jesus Himself who used the image of a
Bridegroom. His followers were currently celebrating a wedding feast.
they would fast in sorrow, when The Bridegroom would be taken from them
suffer and die.
We are today facing new suffering and new persecution. If ever in our
memories we needed to pray, do penance and discipline -- both mind and
-- it is today. For God, itıs a matter of the heart. Todayıs readings
help us to get our hearts ready for the coming Lent.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(smartins at frontiernet dot net)
Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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