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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 13 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Hosea 6:1-6
Psalm 51:3-4, 18-19, 20-21ab
Luke 18:9-14

A reflection on today's Scripture:

O Lord, have mercy on me a sinner. . . .

The form of the Jesus Prayer I pray most often goes like this:

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

And we can easily see how these are the words of Scripture itself. These words were written down to record the acts of Jesus, but they were also written down for us to pray. When we say the Jesus Prayer, we are both using the most Holy Name of Our Lord, which is itself a powerful prayer, but we are also praying the inspired Word spoken by God. When the name of Jesus is on our lips and in our minds and hearts, we are praying the best prayer possible.

Our recognition of sinfulness is a necessary part of recognizing God's holiness. We cannot be forgiven if we think there's nothing to forgive. It isn't that God is not willing, but so long as we remain confident of our worthiness, we cannot confess and let go of the enormous burden of sin that weighs each of us down. This prayer, these words, let us start to open up to the understanding of our sinfulness. They bring it to the fore, and they allow us to let it go in the embrace of the love of our Lord.

It is a prayer at once of humility and of a child longing for home, comfort, and safety. So, let us humble ourselves to pray, and pray as the sinner did, confident that God will hear and restore us.

~ JuandelaCruz | email: sriddle415(at)yahoo(dot)com

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Saturday of the Third Week of Lent

Lives of the saints:

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


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