Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 26, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
In the first reading today from Chronicles, we find that God has come
end of His patience with his chosen people. They had "pushed the
too far with their infidelities. So He decided to send them into exile
seventy years. He was still faithful to the"³rainbow promise" of
time, but He gave them plenty of time to reflect on their infidelity.
responsorial psalm 137, we read that heart-wrenching cry, in reply to
captorsı request, "How could we sing a song of the Lord in a foreign
After they had repented, God finally relents and sends them home again.
Through the instrumentality of the Persian King Cyrus, He provides them
all the materials and labor they needed to rebuild their beloved
Lent reminds us that, like the Israelites, we too have sinned and
the Lord. In His incredible mercy, He has brought us to life again
the sacrifice of His Son on the Cross. We didnıt deserve it, we didnıt
it. It all came through "free grace," the gift beyond all gifts. Now,
know that we are Godıs creation, but do we realize that we were created
second time as Christıs work of art?
No wonder we find that famous passage in the Gospel, John 3:16 (so
by our Protestant brethren), "God so loved the world, that He gave His
Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might
eternal life." This is a good passage for every Catholic to memorize!
And the passage about light! Here, in most of the frozen North Country,
weıre always in danger of power failures. Weıre all familiar with the
emotional high we get when the lights come on, the furnaces can provide
heat, and our refrigeration is back in operation. We know very well
means to come from darkness to light. But are we grateful enough when
minds and hearts are restored through penance, prayer and a good
No wonder this Sunday is called Laetare (Rejoice) Sunday! Lent is a
our hearts to dance and our spirits be lifted up in joy. Letıs try to
some of that joy to our neighbor through the many opportunities Lent
provides for almsgiving and works of sharing.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(smartins at frontiernet dot net)
Fourth Sunday of Lent
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