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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 12.D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Jeremiah 17:5-10
Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6
Luke 16:19-31

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Today the Church prays:

God of love, bring us back to you.
Send us your Spirit to make us strong in faith
and active in good works.

The wrong path leads to pride and selfish deeds. Its destination is self-absorption when the measure of all things is I, myself. That is where we find Dives, the rich man. Reality is how he has defined himself and what he has accumulated. He does not know the beggar outside the walls Lazarus. It appears by fleshy standards that Dives has the better lot. He is inside the gates with plenty and Lazarus is outside with nothing.

In the fullness of time Lazarus is inside the gates, of the eternal kingdom, and Dives is now outside those gates, behind the gates of hell. Lazarus, so ugly, reliant on dogs for some comfort, is now beautiful. Dives, once wrapped in finery, is now distorted. Lazarus who once subjected to a fast for which he did not ask, is now at an eternal feast and the one who feasted in selfishness is now eternally deprived. One who could only pray in solitude and probably with moans on earth, is now at prayer with Abraham and the other, Dives, is left to try and plead through empty prayer for some relief.

Lazarus provides a prophecy of Jesus who was left outside the gates. No dogs to lick His sacred wounds, just bitter drink, left to pray like Lazarus through groaning, left with a body to be ridiculed.

"Blessed are they who hope in the Lord," the Church prays today, longing for its children to recognize that the Way of the Cross of Jesus is possible through the Holy Spirit. The Spirit can fill us with gifts that sustain us in the good works that exhibit faith. The Holy Spirit will come to each, to lead the soul from the bondage of the Dives-like segregation of self from others and the Lord. The Holy Spirit will help us take up the yoke of Jesus.

- Rev. Stephen H. Gratto
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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thursday of the Second Week in Lent

Lives of the saints:

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