Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 19, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 Corinthians 1:22-25
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Our readings for this Sunday are heavy with righteous anger calling us
justice. In the first reading, we have Moses coming down the mountain
bearing the ten commandments of a new covenant. They had been fused in
and smoke on two stone tablets. (As you recall, Moses in anger broke
first two stone tablets. Only later did God provide a second set).
first three commandments told the people that there is only one God,
alone should they worship every seventh day. If they were faithful to
then the other seven commandments, commanding right relationships with
neighbor, would be easy.
Just as Moses had displayed righteous anger because of the peopleıs
injustice, so we witness the righteous anger of Jesus toward the Jews
time for their lack of respect for His Fatherıs house. What a scene He
creates, overturning tables, driving people and animals helter-skelter
all directions! Once He has "cleaned house", He himself takes
the temple, and begins to teach the people. Of course, the Pharisees
at once, demanding a sign that he has authority to do these things.
sign he gave! "Destroy this temple (meaning His Body), and I will
it in three days." Only when he broke through the rock of his tomb on
Easter Sunday, did even his apostles understand what he meant.
What a heavy lesson for our Lenten journey! But thatıs what is so
about Lent. It brushes away the cobwebs, and disperses the fog of
faith or cowardly compromise. It puts more fervor in our prayer, more
"teeth" in our penances. It definitely humbles our pride when we
that the gentle, loving Christ can "get tough" in the face of sin and
disloyalty. So letıs do some real housekeeping in the temples of our
souls as we prepare to accompany the Lord in His Passion and Death.
Dear Lord, stir in my soul just a fraction of that burning love for us
made your sacrifice possible!
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(smartins at frontiernet dot net)
Third Sunday of Lent
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