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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 15 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 65:17-21
Psalm 30:2 and 4, 5-6, 11-12a and 13b
John 4:43-54

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe. (John 4:48)

These words of Jesus seem to allude to our fast-moving, impatient society. It is easy to fall prey to this mentality unless we see signs and wonders.

In this scene from the Gospel of John, the royal official had a desperate need because his son was near death. Having heard about Jesus, he sought His help. The response he got was so fast that he couldn't even return home to see it performed! The fact is, it was the second sign that Jesus performed in the Gospel of John.

The royal official came to believe through the concrete relationship of asking Jesus and receiving an immediate sign! These signs were meant to call forth faith in the people who saw them, to bring deeper faith to those who read the Word. We should learn not to be impatient. We don't really need a sign, do we?

The reading from Isaiah and the psalm both speak of hope, if one truly believes in the Lord, especially to those returning from exile (and sometimes we think we have it bad!).

As we enter the Fourth Week of Lent, let us not look just for more signs and wonders, for The Word provides all the proof we need!

Rather let us praise the Lord for we who believe have been truly rescued.

~ Deacon James W. Chaufty | email: goobie2@frontiernet.net

Monday, March 15, 2010

Monday of the Fourth Week in Lent

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