Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 2 A.D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18
Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 15
A reflection on today's Scripture:
For I was hungry and you gave me food. . . . (see Matthew 25:35)
Jesus tells the parable of the sheep and the goats. He gives us a glimpse of how we will be judged. And it isn't on the great matters of this world -- how many books I wrote, what people I knew, how many banks I bought, planes I flew, ships I sailed. It is, in the parlance of the day, in the details.
I can see Jesus saying, "I don't care how much money you had, what did you do when the poor man came to your back door to beg food? Did he go away hungry or filled?" Those are the questions that matter. What Jesus was instructing us to do is to love as God loves. Not to look at a person and determine that he or she was unworthy of help, beneath our notice, that they were dirty or smelled bad. Rather, we were to look at that person and see someone in need.
And feeding isn't simply a physical act. We feed a person when we sit and listen, let that person know that someone cares -- cares enough to listen, to pay attention and to be present.
We feed a person when we invite them to come with us to Church and to once again experience the presence of the Lord. We feed that person when we pray with them and when we stay with them through a difficult time.
Jesus calls us to a higher way, but He doesn't call us alone. He calls us to Himself, and together we tread upon the higher way.
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Monday, March 2, 2009
Monday of the First Week of Lent
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