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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 2 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Genesis 17:3-9
Psalm 105:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
John 8:51-59

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Centuries ago, God made a covenant with Abraham, and that covenant contained many promises, all of which God delivered. Within that covenant, God told Abraham, "I will maintain my covenant with you and your descendants after you throughout the ages as an everlasting pact, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you." As with the other promises, God did not fail on this one either.

God's covenant with Abraham and his descendants resulted in the Father sending His only Son who openly told the Pharisees, "Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM." (see John 8:58) Instead of seeing Him for what He was -- a continuation of the fulfillment of God's covenant with Abraham -- they tried to stone Him. God had not changed and He was sticking to His promises -- it was His people who had changed.

In our modern times it seems that contracts, promises and covenants do not mean much anymore. They are broken and disregarded without much thought. But our God has kept His promises for thousands of years: from Abraham, through Christ and to the Eucharist today.

How blessed are we who are called to His supper!

- Don Claunch, SFO
| email: dlclaunch(at)bresnan(dot)net

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent

St. Francis of Paola, hermit

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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