Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 23 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 30:2 and 4, 5-6, 11-12a and 13b
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe. (John 4:48)
Belief is so difficult for us. Each day we encounter countless obstacles to it in the form of other people. It seems we no sooner start to believe than we're given good reason not to believe. Our best friend turns out to be not such a good friend after all. Belief is tough.
And Jesus wants us to believe for NO REASON AT ALL! That's even tougher. If we can't believe what we see and have near us each day, how can we begin to believe in what we cannot see and what has no obvious, in-your-face, signs?
Well, to start with, what are we asked to believe? The first thing is that Jesus is Son of God and God. And really, this is not nearly as difficult as some would make it out to be. If Jesus is not God, then He also was not a good man because He spent His entire mission lying to His friends. Or, if He wasn't lying, He was out of His mind. Okay, so the first fact of faith is one that is pretty easily disposed of. Once we know that Jesus is God, then everything He has to say to us becomes a million times more reliable than what any other person has to say -- more than a million -- infinitely more reliable.
We don't need wonders -- the wonders have already been done, and we have the gift of faith. Jesus, Our Lord, our brother and our friend, is ultimately trustworthy. He is God and we have no need of signs, because there is no other way. Aren't we indeed blessed, living as we do, with the knowledge of what has already happened?
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Monday, March 23, 2009
Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent
St. Toribio, bishop
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