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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

Februrary 27 A.D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 58:1-9a
Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 18-19
Matthew 9:14-15

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Both scriptural readings for today focus on fasting. Though always an appropriate topic, it is especially so during Lent.

We generally refer to fasting as refraining from food or drink, but people might also deny themselves whatever they find pleasurable, such as television or some other form of entertainment. We might do some good for others, which takes time or effort.

In the first reading, we are reminded that God looks at our motives for fasting. He is also concerned with our actions in general. Fasting is of little value if we are unkind to others the rest of the day. As we enter this season of Lent, we might ask ourselves the following:

1. Should I fast?
2. What will fasting be for me?
3. Whom am I fasting for?
4. What are my motives and attitudes about fasting?

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
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Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday after Ash Wednesday

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