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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 8 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

2 Kings 5:1-15ab
Psalm 42:2, 3; 43:3, 4
Luke 4:24-30

A reflection on today's Scripture:

The Word of God invites our reflection on two major themes.

One is the universal offer of salvation by God, represented in Naaman being healed and found in Jesus' teaching. Another is the rejection of Jesus by people in the synagogue at Nazareth. The daily readings of Lent, especially during Passiontide, will remind us again and again of the rejection of Jesus.

A little girl and some servants introduce us to a third inspiration found in the readings: encouraging those who are seeking out the Lord. The little girl, captured on a raid on the land of Israel, speaks plainly about what the master can do to be cured. It is not clear if Naaman has faith or just desperation but he receives the message told to his mistress and acts on it. Later, when Naaman becomes angry and leaves, it is his slaves who encourage him to comply with God's plan.

In the ordinary activities of life, one's thoughtful words can encourage an act of faith and faith-filled action on someone else's part. There are roles people play through the church that are opportunities to do the same, such as taking seriously the role of sponsor for Baptism or Confirmation. Getting to know participants in the RCIA, or taking time in a faith formation group to support someone, or complimenting a parent at a religious education picnic are just some of the places we can be like the little girl and speak nicely but plainly about faith and faith-filled action, giving encouragement to go forward, or like the slaves of Naaman, lifting up the fading spirits.

~ Rev. Stephen H. Gratto | email: smartins@frontiernet.net

Monday, March 8, 2010

Monday of the Third Week in Lent

St. John of God, religious

Lives of the saints:

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


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