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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 21, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 49:8-15
Psalm 145:8-9, 13cd-14, 17-18
John 5:17-30

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

The Son cannot do anything on His own . . . . (see John 5:19)

Oh, what a lesson Jesus has for us today. The Jews accuse Jesus of claiming equality with God and Jesus responds with this:

"the Son cannot do anything on His own,
but only what He sees the Father doing . . . ." (see John 5:19)

The Father sets the example that the true Son follows. This is the only begotten Son. But the lesson goes further. Jesus tells us all, adopted sons and daughters, won for Him through the sacrifice of the true Son, that we are the same. Of ourselves, we can do nothing. There is not a single motion we can make that is not started in God, carried on through God, and completed by God. Even the weak motions of our wills are stirred up through the Holy Spirit within us.

Take heart! Jesus knows us and knows our weakness and speaks to it. Oh how He loves us when He tells us how He and the Father work together.

And at the end of this beautiful passage an inspiration for our humble prayer before God:

"O Lord, I do not seek my own will
but the will of You who have sent me." (see John 5:30)

- JuandelaCruz

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