Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
April 1 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95
Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56
A reflection on today's Scripture:
In today's First Reading we hear the story of how King Nebuchadnezzar threw three young Israelite men into the fiery furnace because they would not worship his alien god.
When faced with what seemed like certain death, they prayed to the Lord, acknowledging that there was no need for them to defend themselves in the matter, while expressing confidence in God's power to save them and submitting beforehand, to whatever it was that God willed for them.
Their prayer contains three very important lessons. First, the absolute necessity for humility. Second, unwavering confidence in God's power to do any and everything He desires. And finally, willing and authentic submission beforehand to whatever God wills.
These three elements are not perfunctory items on a check-off sheet, but attitudes that emanate from a relationship illumined by the Light of the Holy Spirit. If we are to have recourse to the power of God and the peace He alone can give, we must cultivate similar habits of daily prayer that rely on Him as the three young men did.
What fiery furnace might you one day be thrown into; what profession of the faith might you be called upon to give; who will rescue you?
As for me, give me "the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who sent His angel to deliver the servants that trusted in him." (Daniel 3:95)
~ Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009
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