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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 5 A..D. 2010


Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:



Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-28
Psalm 105:16-21
Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46


A reflection on today's Scripture:





The kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. (Matthew 21:43)

Today's readings again affirm that God's primary concern is man's salvation. However, knowing that our "free will" complicates matters, God also saw that "contrary" choices could have good results as well.

Joseph, the youngest and favored son of Jacob, was hated by his brothers who were further angered by his telling of prophetic dreams that one day he would be exalted. In their wrath, they spoke of killing him but ended by selling Joseph into slavery and he was taken to Egypt. There he was falsely imprisoned, but later was seen favorably when he correctly interpreted Pharaoh's dream that seven fruitful years would be followed with seven years of crop failures resulting in a famine. Joseph saved Egypt and also its neighbors, who purchased Egypt’s stored surplus. Ironically, Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt to buy food from him who was now the Pharaoh's governor, but when he revealed his identity to them they feared retribution. Instead Joseph, gifted by God with a loving, forgiving heart, wanted only to be reconciled and so awaken them spiritually.

Christ's parable of a landowner planting a vineyard and leasing its care to tenants alludes to God establishing the Israelite church, trusting that it would produce a bountiful harvest of souls. However, when the owner (God) sent His servants, the prophets, to bring Him its fruit, the tenants abused and/or killed them. Finally the owner (God) sent His Son, thinking they would respect Him; but realizing He was the heir, they killed Him to seize His property.

This relates to Christ's prediction that the Jerusalem Temple would be totally destroyed because of His people's faithlessness, an event the Romans did carry out in 70 AD. Christ's death, however, resulted from the angry fabrications of the Church's hierarchy and a Roman leader fearing their rebellion. As stated earlier, contrary choices can have good results, for the falsehoods that resulted in Christ's sacrificial death have given a new life to those living and dying to self in obedience to God's Holy Word.

O God of all compassion,
we see the extent of our sinfulness, but we rely on You to heal our discouragement by filling us with hope through this Lent of repentance.
Amen.

~ Marie Bocko, OCDS | email: mlbocko(at)twcny(dot)rr(dot)com


Friday, March 5, 2010

Friday of the Second Week of Lent



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