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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 8, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Jeremiah 11:18-20
Psalm 7:2-3, 9bc-10, 11-12
John 7:40-53

A reflection on today's Scripture:

How easy it is to read scripture and criticize the people in the time of Christ for not recognizing him!

We, living today, have the distinct blessing of both the gift of Faith, and the revealed truths of the Paschal Mystery. As they say "hindsight is 20/20 vision."

The people in today's Gospel were attempting to see if their personal perceived image of what the "Christ" was, matched the man speaking in profound ways before them. Nicodemus stepped in and reminded them, "Does our law condemn a person before it first hears him and finds out what he is doing?" (John 7:51)

The hard reality for us today is that we still do some of that "matching game." We do not always enjoy or accept the messages that Christ sends our way, usually through others and/or the random circumstances of life. We do not always see Him in the people around us, because they do not look, sound, or even smell like our notion of the Holy One.

Then we have the last interesting line of the Gospel: "Then each went to his own house." (John 7:53) Yes, we go back "home" to our own perceptions, our own images of the Christ. God respects our privacy, His gift to us of free will, and waits patiently, we hope, for us to discover His true identity in our lives.

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

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