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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 21, A.D. 2008


Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Reading I:
Isaiah 52:1353:12

Psalm:
31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25

Reading II:
Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9

Gospel:
John 18:119:42






A reflection on today's Scripture:

Today is the passion of our Lord.

Today is the day that His terrible death on the cross bought our redemption and opened heaven to us. Today our Creator sacrificed Himself for us in a love so great that we can barely comprehend it. Today we received life eternal.

Consider those present at the crucifixion of our Lord. There are the convicted who hung with Him, one who mocked Him and another who received eternal salvation. There are the Roman soldiers who gambled for His clothing. There is Mary the Mother of God and the other women, weeping in disbelief. There was young John, the disciple that Jesus loved, who took Jesus' mother, Mary, as his own mother.

Who are you in this crowd? Are there times when you are a little of all these people? Are there times when you fail to see the divinity in the man hanging there, or are you the one to receive eternal life? Are you at times indifferent as the soldiers were? Are you afraid and in disbelief as the women were? Are you willing to take what He gives you and keep it as your own for your entire life?

Today we all stand at the foot of the cross and witness the sacrifice our God has made for us.

How indescribable is His love for us!

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



Good Friday of the Lord's Passion







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Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:
www.nccbuscc.org/nab/index.htm

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