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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 15, A.D. 2008


Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Ezekiel 18:21-28
Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-7a, 7bc-8
Matthew 5:20-26





A reflection on today's Scripture:

Jesus' message was full of unending forgiveness and reconciliation.

He forgave those who sinned, encouraged people to be reconciled with God and each other, and taught us all that we must forgive seventy times seven times.

At that time Israel had drifted away from God and practiced a faith laced with Pharisaic hypocrisy. They were certainly not reconciled with their Roman occupiers nor in many instances with themselves. I believe we are in much the same condition today. We hold grudges as individuals and nations, we fail to forgive and rarely ask for forgiveness. The lines to the confessional get shorter all the time.

The fact is we are in more need of forgiveness and reconciliation than ever. Do you need to forgive someone of a past wrong? Go do it. Do you need the forgiveness of someone you once offended? Go ask for it. Are you estranged from a family member, old friend or even God? Go ask for reconciliation and a renewal of your relationship. Jesus expects this of us; it is a core part of our faith and relationship with Him.

- Don Claunch, SFO |
email: dlclaunch(at)bresnan(dot)net



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