Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 29 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15
A reflection on today's Scripture:
As our Lenten journey draws closer and closer to Holy Week, we realize how much God is at times almost desperate for our love.
In the Old Testament times, God tries many times to bind the people to Himself in a covenant of fidelity. When His beloved Israelites try to break that bond and pull away from his love, God is angry for a time, but then, He mercifully forgives them, and tries once more to draw them to Himself. In today's reading from Jeremiah, God promises that, this time, He will write the Law in their hearts. He promises to "remember their sin no longer."
The words of Jesus, in today's Gospel from John, come after the Transfiguration has failed to impress them. They're not listening as He tries in vain to prepare them for His Passion and Death. He uses the familiar experience of seed falling to the ground and dying. By that very action, the seed is transformed from its tiny ugliness into a magnificent juicy fruit. As we hear that story today, we are well aware of loss through friends who die, our own loss of vitality as we grow older, relationships that are broken through betrayal, or just moving far away. Losses are painful, yet many times losses are necessary if we are to grow and mature.
Today's Gospel is a great source of consolation and hope for all of us as we endure losses. What Jesus was trying to tell His disciples, He says to us today. "Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat. But if it dies, it produces much fruit." The way out of death and into life for both our lost loved ones and ourselves is the same that Jesus experienced for us long ago by His patient endurance of being lifted up on a Cross and dying. From it came resurrection and joy unimaginable.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
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Sunday, March 29, 2009
Fifth Sunday of Lent
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