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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 12, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95
Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56
John 8:31-42

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Blessed be God!

Anyone familiar with the Divine Praises repeats this acclamation, associating the saving deeds of Christ and God's actions through the angels and saints with praise and glory to God. This is the fundamental prayer: to adore God, to give praise and thanks. Blessed be God!

The Responsorial for today's mass is taken from the hymn of the three young men found in Daniel Chapter 3 which contains a similar acclamation, "Blessed are you, Lord." The three young men raised their voices with this acclamation because God saved them. They were unwilling to worship a false god and prepared to offer up their lives to God. Once they were in the fire, if any rescue was going to come about, it would have to be from the hand of God. One like a son of man was seen with them by King Nebuchadnezzar who was led to bless God. One like the son of man foreshadows Jesus Christ, the Rescuer and Savior. Blessed be God!

The witness of the three young men can lead us to greater praise and glory of God. We learn from the three young men and their song to remember God, as God, which is above all, and as Creator and as Savior. This strengthens faith and increases one's awareness that God is with us. As the three young men sang and remembered, they renewed their courage and welcomed the Spirit of God as their strength. They teach us how to bear the hard times, the times when the cross seems heavy, and also what to do in the good times when temptation to indifference can rage around us. Start with God, whatever the circumstance.

Jesus promises a new freedom in life. The three young men have given us a glimpse of that freedom. Neither the burden of our own sin, nor the weight of the sinful deeds of others that might come our way, defines life. No, One like a son of man walks with us. Blessed be God!

- Rev. Stephen H. Gratto
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