Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 25 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10
Psalm 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 11
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz:
"Ask for a sign from the Lord, your God; let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!" But Ahaz answered, "I will not ask! I will not tempt the Lord!"
Isn't it rather strange that Ahaz was reluctant to ask God for a sign, even when God explicitly asked him to? I can imagine Ahaz thought he was being humble. Little did he imagine that his behavior was wearisome not only to his fellow men, but also to God.
Let it not be so with us and the practice of our faith, that it is nothing more than an external show of false humility. Even if God has to deal with us sharply, so be it, rather than being habitually offensive and wearisome to others and most of all, to Him.
It isn't an easy prayer, for who likes to be humiliated? Humility though, according to St. Teresa of Jesus (St. Teresa of Avila), "is truth," the truth of who God is and who we are in His sight.
Today on this beautiful Solemnity of the Annunciation we hear a profession of true humility and the Sacred Truth that flowered from it.
"Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." (Luke 1:38)
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen
~ Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
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