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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 11, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15
Psalm 103: 1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 11
1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12
Luke 13:1-9

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Most of us get up early each morning. When we hear the alarm, our first inclination is to snuff out the bell with the "snooze" button. The next bell usually gets our full attention. For some people, Ash Wednesday is enough to rouse the Lenten spirit of prayer and penance. Many need another warning that we must get serious about prayer, discipline, and almsgiving.

Lent involves so many different types of response. We have to ask ourselves, "What is God calling me to do with my life? What is my ‘call’?” God commanded full attention from Moses in today's first reading. Moses must have wanted to run far away when God appeared to him in that burning bush. The Lord overruled all his objections and commanded him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. What a wake up call! Frightened and unarmed, he began what seemed an impossible task. He had one advantage, of course (besides the help of his brother, Aaron). God had revealed to Moses what had been kept secret up until then—His Name, I AM. God's name helps us establish our own identity. If God is pure existent Being, then my own life is dependent on His will. My own identity is that of creature and servant. Everything I am and have hangs by a thread from God's own mysterious and awesome Life. Am I a true lover and servant? Lent is a time for me to check out my own name.

In the Gospel, Jesus sends us another "wake-up call." In the parable of the barren fig tree, the Lord emphasizes the importance of repentance and change of heart. And even though His Father is patient with sinners, there is a time limit. There will come a day when the time of mercy is past, and Christ will judge us on our performance as faithful, obedient, and loving followers. A whole life of fidelity can seem overwhelming, but it's all so possible when we live it day by day with whatever prayer form fits our schedule, hopefully attendance at Mass, some kind of prayer, study, reaching out to those in need, devotions like a Holy Hour or Stations of the Cross.

I have four weeks left to journey with Jesus to Calvary---and Easter Rising.

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(pwhitmore29 at yahoo dot com)

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