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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 28 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Jeremiah 11:18-20
Psalm 7:2-3, 9bc-10, 11-12
John 7:40-53

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Bring the malice of the wicked to an end;
uphold the innocent, O God of justice. . . . (Psalm 7:10)

Years ago I briefly joined a Bible study group who insisted that being "born again" meant they were "saved." It did not dawn on them that being "born again" meant that they were to live in the "new life" offered them by Christ, that words alone did not assure their salvation.

St. Paul said that we are to "work out" our salvation in fear and trembling, yet the Study Group never spoke of sin nor a need to repent and allow the Holy Spirit to gradually transform human hearts and minds in the image of Christ. Neither did they mention that Christians are to reflect God's perfect, unconditional, and universal love toward their fellow humans in order to build a peaceful and just world, which also requires living in those truths that are inherent in God's love.

It should not surprise us that those who understand, defend and live by the Faith are often despised for disputing the errors of those who embrace a diluted morality, insisting that religion must evolve along the lines of new thought. This same mentality has persisted through every age. However, on the other hand, Jeremiah was called by God to restore His people to living in His law of love and truth. The prophet was stunned to discover that upon hearing God's truth, his opponents quietly planned his slaughter.

Christ enraged the Pharisees, for although His speech and actions revealed God's salvation, His merciful and forgiving love, they saw that His message discredited their teachings, threatened their power and authority. To this day God's truth is ever being bent to suit the human will and our desire for ease and convenience.

O Father God,
teach us who bear Your Son's name, by remaining true to His examples of perfect faith, hope and charity, so that we may share in His resurrected life.

- Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent

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