Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 17, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 27:1-3, 13-14
A reflection on today's Scripture:
A bruised reed he shall not break . . .
a smoldering wick he shall not quench. (Isaiah 42:3)
The key word in Isaiah's prophecy is "justice," that which Christ brings to this world. Often we associate justice with punishment of crimes, but Christ's mission is the very opposite. He will "bring prisoners from confinement and from the dungeon all those who live in darkness," meaning that Jesus offers humanity freedom from its imprisonment in sin.
Sin is actually the performing of an injustice either toward oneself or another. The justice Jesus offers is giving us a knowledge of and the ability to live in absolute moral rightness based upon God's law of love. God, Who is life-giving love, made us to be filled to overflowing with His life, and to become His true children by being transformed in the image of Christ and so bring His justice into this world.
Christ's work is the acting out of self-giving love that gives mankind true freedom from sin which is at the root of all human misery. Having lived on earth as a fully human person, He was subjected to the same temptations as we, and saw first-hand, our weakness and selfishness that results in our inability to resist sin.
Christ remained sinless because, being God, He was totally imbued by the Holy Spirit, with the same divine truth, love and wisdom as His Father. Jesus imparts His Spirit to sincere believers, those desiring to live in holiness, not just for their own good but also for that of others.
Like Christ, we who are God's children by adoption must work to mend bruised reeds and rekindle the flame of love in people's faltering hearts.
Blessed Redeemer, help us fully open our hearts to Your cleansing Spirit that we may be imbued with Your divine love that brings healing to an ailing world. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
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