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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 3, A.D. 2006

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 or 13: 41c-62
Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
John 8:11

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

In both the first reading and the Gospel for today, we can draw parallels between Jesus' message, and the way in which we live His words today. The Lenten Season gives each one of us ample opportunity to examine our own physical and moral conduct in our daily lives.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation rejuvenates our souls in the presence of Christ. Have we gossiped about our neighbor or brother? Spread false accusations as the two elders did against Susanna (in the First Reading today) in order to gain power, money, or self-esteem? The act of Confession, beginning with the examination of conscience, enables us to acknowledge our weaknesses, reconcile with God, and mend hurt relationships within our own lives.

Another parallel with Susanna and the adulterous woman we read in the Gospel, is that God has mercy on His people. He does not abandon us. For Susanna says; "Yet it is better for me to fall into your (the judge's) power without guilt than to sin before the Lord." God sends Daniel to bring justice to her. In the Gospel, Jesus notes that no one is sinless. Jesus does not condemn the woman; "Go, from now on do not sin any more."

In times of turmoil, sorrow, helplessness, and sin, we can find refuge in the Lord. For He is our Shepherd and will lead us to green pastures if we follow in His path.

- Alicia

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