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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 3, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Deuteronomy 26:16-19
Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8
Matthew 5:43-48

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Many years ago, immediately out of college, I landed a job with a major public, international corporation. Armed with a couple new, dark suits, a few white shirts and an assortment of neckties, I went into what had always been my dream job and into the career I had dreamed about for many years. It was not long before I found myself facing the harsh realities of the business world. To make a long story short, my boss was not a nice man. He made work very hard, enforced his will with a Draconian set of arbitrary rules and even went as far as stealing his subordinatesí accounts and bonuses. I left there after two short years full of hatred of that man.

My hatred consumed me. I blamed him for destroying my dreams, causing my young family financial hardship and ruining my infant career. I went to work for another, smaller firm and failed within the year. The cause of my failure? Intense, all-consuming and unforgiving hatred of that first boss and what he had done. Reflecting back I do not think this man set out to ruin me, but I let that happen due to my hatred.

Today we hear our Lord in the gospel tell us, "But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you." Is this easy? Well, certainly not for most of us. But it is sound, practical advice. While loving our enemies and those that do wrong to us may be difficult, it is certainly for our own benefit. Hatred destroys, love builds up. Our Lord, pure love Himself always builds us up and that is why He tells us to love.

- Don Claunch, SFO
(dlclaunch at bresnan dot net)

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