Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
April 3, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 71:1-6, 15, 17
John 13:21-33, 36-38
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. (John 13:31)
Love is much talked about, but in its purest form minimally practiced for two major reasons: ignorance--the failure to gain a prayerful knowledge of God--love's true and only Source, and sin--the inborn preference for autonomy and pleasing "self." Divine love forgets "Self"; it places foremost humanity's good, our redemption and restoration to sanctity as God's holy people. By allowing ourselves to be imbued with God's love and truth in Christ, through His Spirit, we too will glorify God on earth and share in His eternal glory.
May we, in Lent's final days, increase our depth of prayer, grow in faith and trust in God by reflecting on Christ's love, His death for our salvation. Allow Him, the Word of God, to penetrate our hearts and so treat others in the same self-giving way as Jesus. Failing to do this, we endanger ourselves to the same fate as Judas. His betrayal stemmed from selfishness and self-seeking, but even this could have been pardoned had he sincerely repented and begged forgiveness. But his lack of faith and trust in God's love shown in Christ caused his despair and suicide, thus separating himself eternally from God's mercy.
Peter's denial of Christ resulted from his fear, the impulsive instinct for self preservation. The final chapter of John's Gospel narrates a deeply touching scene; Christ gives Peter three opportunities to be absolved of his three denials. Peter learned that he and all of us who bear Christ's name are called to participate in His self-sacrificing "love" that nourishes and brings God's life into this world.
O God of power, through Your Spirit of self-giving love and truth, guide our minds and hearts to hear and obey Your Word, that we, living in Christ, may also reflect Your glory. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
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