Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 10, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Matthew 5: 20-26
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to
Over the last half-century, Christian sects, to avoid offending sinners
keeping their pews filled, have suggested that Jesus' death was simply
way of showing His love, that consequently our sins are now overlooked
automatically forgiven. This belief ignores God's justice and that sin
abomination in His eyes. Being "created in His image" means we are to
as holy as He is holy; that as God's children we are to love one
He loves us.
Lent calls us to repent of our sins, practice self-denial and reform
lives to more closely resemble the goodness of Christ. Jesus emphasizes
need to be holy in a degree surpassing that of the Pharisees and
we wish to enter the kingdom of God. These men pridefully kept the
the law while ignoring its "spirit." Had they studied the law in God's
and love rather than just with their minds, they would have seen that
purpose was to show mankind how to live in perfect brotherhood. Jesus
us that our primary concern should be to develop a forgiving heart.
that Christ bore no rancor against those who treated Him so cruelly;
He asked His Father to forgive them.
The power of Christ's redemption is activated only by our loving
toward those who have injured us. Today's world is suffering from the
effects of hatred and retribution between peoples and nations. Violence
begets further violence. Only a universal practice of the forgiving and
unconditional love that comes to us from God can create world peace.
Saving Lord, physically we are but clay destined to return to dust. But
give You thanks for breathing Your Spirit into us, making us into
souls able to share in Your divine life.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
Friday of the First Week of Lent
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