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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 22, A.D. 2008


Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Reading I
Genesis 1:1—2:2 or 1:1, 26-31a

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 13-14, 24, 35

Reading II
Genesis 22:1-18 or 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18

Responsorial Psalm
16:5, 8, 9-10, 11

Reading III
Exodus 14:15—15:1

Responsorial Psalm
Exodus 15:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 17-18

Reading IV
Isaiah 54:5-14

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13

Reading V
Isaiah 55:1-11

Responsorial Psalm
Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6

Reading VI
Baruch 3:9-15, 32—4:4

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11

Reading VII
Ezekiel 36:16-17a, 18-28

Responsorial Psalm
When baptism is celebrated.
Psalm 42:3, 5; 43:3, 4

When baptism is not celebrated.
Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6

When baptism is not celebrated
Psalm 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19

Epistle
Romans 6:3-11

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23

Gospel
Matthew 28:1-10






A reflection on today's Scripture:

How can one reflection do any justice to the total meaning of this special day, Holy Saturday!

The liturgical celebration encompasses all of creation and salvation history in one evening. Perhaps we can comment on the words of Christ to Mary as she encountered Him in the garden after He had left the tomb. Christ said to her "Do not be afraid." (Matthew 28:5)

Those are words meant for us also, as they have come down to us over time. Christ repeated those words several times to His disciples before His ascension to the Father. Christ's message is always simple and direct—love God, love your neighbor and do not be afraid.

We tend to make His messages complicated and sometimes lose the main points in the translation. Being a good Christian is not easy, but it is not complicated!

Easter blessings to all!

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



Saturday, March 22, 2008

At the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter







Lives of the saints:
http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/










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

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