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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 30, A.D. 2006

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Exodus 32:7-14
Psalm 106:19-23
John 5:31-47

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Much media time is given to the world's sources of energy these days. Where will we obtain our sources of power, of oil? We look for power in windmills, rivers and resources of the earth; when really, our greatest source of power lies deep within each of us! God dwells within each of us, just waiting for us to acknowledge His immensity and yet His very intimate love.

In the first reading we hear about the power of prayer. The Lord threatened His wrath upon the "stiff necked people" but changed His plans when He heard the petitions of His creatures. We have a tremendous power capability with the power of prayer! God does hear our cries for assistance!

Christ sounds a bit frustrated in today's gospel reading from St. John. He knows our hearts as a people throughout time. Somehow we continue finding our greatest strength from other people and events instead of through Him. Christ goes so far as to say "You do not want to come to me to have life."
(John 5:40)

Those are pretty strong words!

This Lenten season is a good time to reflect on our priorities and the power of prayer.

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
(jmurphy at utica dot edu)

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