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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 8, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Jeremiah 17:5-10
Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6
Luke 16:19-31

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh.
(see Jeremiah 17:5)

Tremendous inequality exists in our world. We know that poverty is global in scope, and that people all over the world suffer extensive and debilitating deprivation without many of the things we so often take for granted?like enough food, clean water, proper shelter, adequate sanitation, basic healthcare, access to education, personal safety, freedom from fear or a reliable source of income.

The late Pope John Paul II said, "Solidarity is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortune of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good: that is to say, to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all." (Concern for the Social Order, 1987)

It is by Christ?s example that followers are called to love with compassion. Starting where we are, we are called to place all of our trust in God and live our day-to-day lives in loving unity with all of God's people. Lent gives us the opportunity to examine our attitudes concerning the reasons people are economically poor. What are our assumptions and prejudices about why some people in this world simply struggle to survive? Today's readings remind us that the Lenten season is grounded in the paradox that those who lose their lives will gain them, and that those who cling to the things they have, without thought for others will eventually lose everything. But if we place our trust in God and spend our lives helping others, we will be richly rewarded?with eternal life!

- Anne
(anne at gmail dot com)

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