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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 14.D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Micah 7:14-15, 18-20
Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12
Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

A reflection on today's Scripture:

As the heavens tower over the earth,
so Godís love towers over the faithful.
(Psalm 103:11)

The most severe test of love is a sincere forgiveness of those who have wronged us or someone we hold dear.

Jesus exemplifies God's unfailing love; for while man sinned by breaking God's law of love, our Lord died for us to win our forgiveness by taking on the punishment we deserved. Still, we must repent and resolve to live in God's love or we will sever our spiritual bond with Him Who sustains us in this life and in eternity.

The father in Christ's parable represents God, lover of both saints and sinners. The two sons illustrate differences in their relationship with their father. The younger son sought independence, demanded his inheritance and left home to make his way in the world. Impetuous and inexperienced, he spent his money on worldly pleasures and ended by working at tending pigs. Hunger, loneliness and guilt over mistreating his father led him home seeking forgiveness and asking for work to repay his debt to the family's assets. His father did not berate him but instead joyfully welcomed him with a great celebration.

The angered older son felt his wastrel brother should be punished; for he had stayed home to serve his father faithfully yet never received praise or reward from him. He did not see that what he had done was only what was expected of a son. His father comforted him by saying, "My son, you are with me always; everything I have is yours. But now we must celebrate because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found." Our heavenly Father's joy overflows when a straying child repents and is restored to life in Him.

Loving Father, You have made our hope complete, for in Christ You have shown us Your love and through Your Spirit we receive the grace to overcome our sins. Amen.

- Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Saturday of the Second Week in Lent

Lives of the saints:

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