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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 1, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Hosea 6:1-6
Psalm 51:3-4, 18-19, 20-21ab
Luke 18:9-14

A reflection on today's Scripture:

The subjects in the Gospel of today are a bit difficult to comprehend, those of "self righteousness" and "humility."

We're taught to accept the gift of faith and to trust in God. How then can we accept the gift of faith and yet harbor doubts about God's love of us, or is it that we really have doubts about our own abilities to "measure up" in the eyes of God? If we become overly self-assured about our relationship with God, are we becoming self righteous?

It is something to think and pray about.

Perhaps the answers lie in the concept of humility. Yes we have talents that we are meant to develop, not hide under a basket. Yes, we might become very proficient with these talents, but we need to remember that they are gifts from God. When we are praised for them we can rightfully say, "Thank God."

What is more important is the question also posed in the readings, "How much do we love God?" In the First Reading God says "it is love that I desire, not sacrifice." (Hosea 6:1-6)

Love of God and a true sense of humility give us "20-20" vision in the spiritual life.

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS |
email: jmurphy(at)utica(dot)edu

March 1, 2008

Saturday of the Third Week of Lent

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