Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 24, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 81:6-11, 14, 17
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone!"
Today's first reading affirms God's everlasting, loving mercy toward
sinners. Hosea emphasizes God's readiness to forgive His people's
transgressions and heal the wandering hearts of those who repent and
reform their lives. This is the dominant theme of all the prophets'
exhortations which Christ reiterated in His teachings. God never turns
a contrite soul. Let us keep in mind that Christ paid a great price to
the forgiveness and salvation of all humanity. Dare we then deny our
forgiveness to others?
Events in the world today are testing humanity's willingness to forgive
those creating havoc by terrorizing and murdering innocents. Our
is to strike back; and when we cannot personally do so, we expend our
prejudice and hatred toward entire groups, religions or nations. What
fail to see is that our hardened hearts actually block God's loving
from reaching these needy and lost souls. Hatred only spawns further
whereas our sincere prayers for those we view as enemies will open a
for God's grace to flow toward them to touch their hearts with His
Unforgiveness and hunger for revenge and power are the greatest
Christ in today's Gospel reveals our only means to develop loving and
forgiving hearts, obedience to the first Commandment. We are to be
devoted to God to gain a knowledge of Him so that He may imbue our
with His genuine, totally self-giving love. Apart from God and in a
state, humanity's ability to love truly and unselfishly is grossly
History attests to this.
Father God, open our hearts to receive the Holy Spirit to teach and
that we may be transformed in the image of Your loving Son Who gave His
to save us. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
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