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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 11 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Genesis 1:1-2:2 or 1:1, 26-31a
Psalm 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 13-14, 24, 35
Genesis 22:1-18 or 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18
Psalm 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11
Exodus 14:15-15:1
Exodus 15:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 17-18
Isaiah 54:5-14
Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13
Isaiah 55:1-11
Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6
Baruch 3:9-15, 32C4:4
Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 1
Ezekiel 36:16-17a, 18-28
Psalm 42:3, 5; 43:3, 4 or Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6
Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6
Psalm 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19
Romans 6:3-11
Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23
Mark 16:1-7

A reflection on today's Scripture:

You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified.
He has been raised; He is not here. (Mark 16:6)

Today's readings are chosen from the lengthy list covering the scope of God's salvation plan. God, a pure spiritual Being whose essence is LOVE, made us in His image by endowing each with a human soul and a spirit through which He can communicate with those whose hearts are open to Him.

God, Whose Life is Love, is by nature continually giving of Himself, therefore His purpose in creating us was to share His blessed, holy life by inviting us to enter into, and participating in, God's Trinitarian stream of love.

That His plan is not fully achieved is caused by a lack of human cooperation resulting from the necessity of God giving us "free will." The basic reason for our need to have a free will is that loving God and one another must be a choice; it cannot be forced on anyone or it would become tyranny. Sadly, those who willfully refuse to accept or give love, using it as a weapon, can also become a source of tyranny. Such loveless behavior inevitably leads to spiritual death; for lacking God's life within them, they remain in sin.

At this point, God offered man another opportunity to abide in our heavenly Father's love through faith in and obedience to Jesus Christ, God's living Word. Christ came to die for us in human flesh to show us that we must put this sinful self to death and be reborn in Christ's resurrected life, being sanctified and transformed in His holy Image. Again, this is a matter for man's choice. If we say "yes" to God's invitation, His Holy Spirit will come to abide with us to teach, guide and strengthen us, assuring our safe and successful trip over this lengthy and often difficult road requiring much self-denial.

O loving Savior,
During our silent waiting on this Holy day, help us open our hearts to accepting Your love more fully, that we may then rise with You to a new life. Amen.

- Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Saturday, April 11, 2009
The Resurrection of the Lord
At the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

Lives of the saints:

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


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