Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 17, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 51:3-4, 18-19, 20-21ab
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Lent is a time of renewal. We renew our relationship with God and we should strive to renew our relationships with each other.
All of us are sinners and it is through sin that our relationships become damaged and we become separated from the Lord and from each other. The church teaches us that we are all called to penance, particularly during Lent. It is through the sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), through forgiveness and penance that we become renewed in our relationship with Him.
In today's gospel we see two men, one a sinner who recognized his sinful nature and begs for mercy from an all-powerful and all-loving God. The other man did nothing but look down on the other man and refused to recognize his own damaged relationship with God, and the other man. Jesus says the first man was justified, in other words his relationship with God was renewed. The second man only fell further into sin and further distanced himself from God and others.
The psalm for today comes from Psalm 51, one of the most beautiful and widely read penitential psalms. In it we find the humble nature we must take to renew our relationship: a humble, contrite heart is what God desires from us and through His great compassion we shall receive forgiveness and all will be forgotten. Take some extra time today and in humble contrition, recognize your sins, ask for mercy and be renewed.
- Don Claunch, SFO
(dlclaunch at bresnan dot net)
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St. Patrick, bishop
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