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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 18 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Exodus 32:7-14
Psalm 106:19-20, 21-22, 23
John 5:31-47

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Millions of people around the world recently enjoyed watching the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. We marveled at the accomplishments of the young athletes! What we could not appreciate fully is the hours and hours of workouts and practice involved in perfecting these talents. We also saw only a glimpse of the supportive families, friends and coaches that helped it all happen. Gold, silver, and bronze medals do not come easily!

In today's gospel reading, Christ is explaining to the apostles that He had been sent by the Father. (see John 5:36) He asked them to look at the works He accomplished that the Father had given Him to perfect.

All of us are stewards, responsible for the talents that we have received. The Father has given these to us to perfect just as He did to Christ. In a way, we are all in an ongoing "Olympic" race for the Heavenly Reward. Each of us has been given a challenge which no one else can accomplish in this life. How will we be judged by Christ when the "game of life" is over and we continue on into eternity?

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS | jmurphy(at)syracuse(dot)net

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Thursday of the Fourth Week in Lent

St. Cyril of Jerusalem, bishop and doctor of the Church

Lives of the saints:

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


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