Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 30 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 or 13:41c-62
Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Neither do I condemn you. . . .
Although He has every right to do so, Jesus tells us time and again that He did not come for condemnation, but for redemption. The woman taken in adultery was left alone by the world of sinners that would have condemned her. When confronted by their own sinfulness, they could not condemn another.
Just as Jesus did not come for condemnation, nor did He leave that task for us. We are constantly confronted by our own sins -- what are we doing looking at those of others? How can we even see them with the enormity of our own faithlessness? Because that is what sin is -- faithlessness, a flaw in our belief, a flaw in our ability to love. And the important thing to remember is that Jesus does not condemn this either. He prayed for us in these circumstances from the cross, "Father, forgive them, they know not what they do." We are children, foolish, selfish children. And just as we would not condemn a child for being a child, God does not choose to condemn us either. Instead, from the cross, He reaches out His arms to embrace us -- all of us.
And so it becomes our responsibility that everyone can feel and know that embrace. We have a duty to our brothers and sisters to make certain that they know the love of Christ, and that they know that despite their brokenness, God came for them as well. Jesus is the friend of those in need this way. He loved them unto death and resurrection, gaining for them, for us, eternal life. That is the gift we share when we share the love of God.
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Monday, March 30, 2009
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