Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
April 10, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 27:1-3, 13-14
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"A bruised reed he shall not break. .
." (Isaiah 42:3)
I recently met a person whose idea of God is one of a severe judge and
punisher - a God whose existence is to smother our jollity, cripple us
guilt, oppress us with fear and banish us to the fires of hell if we
But today's readings show us that God is quite different from this
one-dimensional depiction. God is love and only love! God gives us the
freedom to move away from His love even at the risk of destroying
Hell is not God's choice. It is ours!
In God there is no hatred, desire for revenge or pleasure in seeing us
punished. God is a merciful God - who offers forgiveness for our
transgressions, patiently waits for us to return to Him and unburdens
from the agony of our own sinfulness.
God is a creator God -- who carefully and lovingly made every molecule
our being, our universe and everything in it. God is a healing God --
conquers death and restores us to life. God is a loving God -- to whom
are precious and beloved. God is a peaceful God -- who comes to us in
stillness of quiet places, in the laughter of a child, in the breath of
summer, in the cleansing of a gentle rain and in the tenderness of a
"In Christ and through Christ, God becomes especially visible in mercy.
Christ, in a certain sense, is mercy. . . The person who is the object
mercy does not feel humiliated, but rather found again and restored to
(Pope John Paul II from "Rich in Mercy")
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