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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 20 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Hosea 14:2-10
Psalm 81:6c-8a, 8bc-9, 10-11ab, 14 and 17
Mark 12:28-34

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Some of the words of Christ in the gospel for today were from the Jewish prayer called the Shema:

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

Christ was constantly guiding us about our relationship with God. His teachings were both profound and yet simplified for us. Simplified does not mean that there was lack of clarity.

In answering the scribe about which is the first of all the commandments, Christ did not merely answer that it was love of God. He said, "We are to love God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind and all our strength." (see Mark 12:30)

Christ directs us that God is to be our Lord. There are to be no other substitutes as other gods, such as money or prestige. Also our love is to be all-encompassing, taking all our effort, heart, soul, mind and strength.

That might seem like a lot of effort, but then we can look at how much Christ loved each of us: enough to go to Jerusalem knowing that He would be arrested, tried, scourged and killed by a horrendous death on a cross -- all of that for our redemption.

Lent is a good and proper time for us to look at how much effort we are applying toward our love of Christ.

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
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Friday, March 20, 2009

Friday of the Third Week in Lent

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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