Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
February 27, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 34:4-7, 16-19
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. (see Mt 6:8)
Isaiah's prophetic words should deeply move our hearts, fill them with joyful hope; for in them God promises to provide perfectly for His children's physical needs; and, through His holy Word being sent to them, He will renew their human spirits and offer them salvation. God's Word, Christ, came to us as a humble child; then as a man He put our sin to death in His own human flesh. But through His resurrection He conquered death and now offers us a new life in Him. Isaiah conveys our Father's promise that His Son will not return to Him void but will draw many souls with Him. We play an essential part in the fruition of God's plan.
Jesus tells us our Father-God will fulfill our heart's deepest desires if we will ask Him. There is one qualifying word in this promise; we are to ask for something "good." We earthbound creatures often define "good" to be health, riches, beauty, fame, talents, intelligence, esteem and power. However, God sees as our greatest "good" to be the forgiveness of sin and the renewal of our minds and hearts in His love and truth. If we first ask for and accept this gift, we will then ask "rightly," for our desires will be centered on our love for God rather than our love for self and this world's "goods." God's omniscience sees the "larger picture" and answers prayers in ways assuring the greatest good to all.
Savior God, turn our eyes to follow Your light, that we may see our need to be reborn and then grow to maturity in our new life, daily drawing ever closer to You. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
February 27, 2007
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