Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 3, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 51:3-6, 18-19
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them
and then they will fast.
This Lenten season calls us to admit our sinfulness, embrace
renounce our self-indulgent practices. Jesus affirms Isaiah's
false views of fasting. Most often we interpret fasting to mean our
ourselves of something pleasurable such as eating or seeking
However, we now discover that such fasting does nothing to change the
condition of our hearts, the seat of all human problems. Instead they
us hungry, dry in spirit or puffed with pride over our marvelous
True "fasting" takes place when we willfully abandon all those
activities that set us at odds with our fellow humans. We do best to
indulging ourselves of any unkindness, judgmentalism, jealousy,
covetousness, lying, greed, lust, stinginess and the exploitation of
The basis of all sin is mankind's dedication to self rather than to
denying His sovereignty over us. Jesus tells His critics that His very
presence in this world is a time for celebration; for He bears to us in
very Person, God's forgiveness of our sin and the grace that will
to participate in His holiness.
Jesus predicts the Godlessness that this world's societies are
today. Our mourning and fasting should then be such that it would make
worthy to participate in His wedding feast. Christ came into this world
gather all true believers to His bosom and present them, pure and free
sin, to His heavenly Father. Such will be His Church, His bride, to
is espoused and kept in His loving care throughout eternity.
imbue all those who profess belief in you with genuine faith,
one that embraces and fully lives in Your love and truth.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
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