Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 24, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Acts 2:14, 22-33
Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11
A reflection on today's Scripture:
You have made known to me the paths of life. (Acts 2:28)
Today's first reading brings to mind Christ's dying words, "It is finished." He was not declaring the end of His life, but the completion of His mission.
Jesus, having put our sins to death in His human flesh and subsequently rising to new life, opened to us the portals of heaven, offered us eternal life with Him. Physical death is actually the release of the human soul and spirit. The faithful will then be joyfully united with God, whereas the unfaithful, having closed their hearts to God, will remain in the "outer darkness."
If Christ's death for man's sin and His rising to new life for us were not true, we would be the most miserable of all creatures. Our existence would be purposeless and our end the grave. Disbelief and separation from God reduce us to being loveless savage animals engaged in perpetual conflicts to assure our survival and gain supremacy.
Our present world situation is enacting this vicious scenario, oblivious to Christ having offered us the greatest of all treasures, the ability to be united in love with one another as peaceful, gentle, merciful, forgiving, generous and truthful people.
Those addicted to selfishness and self-righteousness reject this offer; those who sincerely accept it soon discover that it is God Himself who provides them the grace, the desire, guidance and strength needed to achieve it. Despite this disparity in people, God continually pours out His saving love upon everyone in hopes that all may seek living on His paths of life.
O Blessed Lord, we raise our hearts to You in boundless thanksgiving for banishing the darkness of death and providing us the light to reach our eternal home. Amen
- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
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