Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 5, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 Peter 3:18-22
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Our first reading today from Genesis is all about promises that came
form of a Covenant, a two-way pact between God and His people. It turns
that God is always faithful to his part of the bargain, but his chosen
people are not faithful to theirs. In the time of Noah, things came to
head. Because of the wild parties, loose morals, and the outrageous
of Noahıs neighbors, God decides itıs time to end the whole experiment.
sends a flood to destroy the earth and all its inhabitants, all except
eight people, that is - Noah, his wife, and their sons and daughters.
this is where a rainbow comes in, a promise for all time that God will
patient and forgiving of our broken promises.
But at what a price! The second reading tells us that, to make this all
possible, God sent His Son. Instead of water to destroy us, God sends
to redeem us, the water of Baptism.
It all began with Jesus' baptism in the Jordan, after which the Spirit
Jesus into the desert to be tempted by Satan But not before Jesus had
for forty days and forty nights (just like our Lenten fast of forty
order to strengthen Him for the ordeal. And what an ordeal! Jesus is
to break his fast (temptation to physical pleasure), tempted to obey
rather than the Father (temptation to power), and tempted to acquire
kingdoms of the earth (temptation to possessions).
And what about us? The Scriptures, as always, provide a blueprint
our Christian journey. The first reading reminds us of all our broken
promises, promises we need to renew while holding our lighted candles
Easter. Where do we get the strength? By going into the desert of
prayer, study, penance, and almsgiving. It means emptying our hearts of
disorder and sin, so that the Spirit can fill them with new faith,
hope, and a stronger love.
Dear Lord, stir up in my heart
an ardent desire to renew my heart,
to strengthen my resolves,
and to keep the promises I made to you so long ago.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(smartins at frontiernet dot net)
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