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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 26, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18
Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 15
Matthew 25:31-46

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

When we assemble for worship, Christ is present to us in more than one way. Though we might think He is present only in the Eucharist, He is also present in the assembly and in the Word, in scripture. Today's reading is a good example of how direct a way God communicates to us through the Word.

In the first reading, God urges Moses to "Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy." But He does not leave it at that. In very specific terms the laws of God are spelled out. We have learned that those laws are meant to set us free, not bind us up.

The second reading, which we commonly call the Beatitudes, puts a human face on the directives in the first reading. We're told how we are to respond to the hungry, the thirsty, and the stranger, for example. Our God knows our human nature because He created us, and with love He directs us how to be holy, just as He did to Moses. What more could we ask for in such a loving Father!

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

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