Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 19 A..D. 2010
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16
Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29
Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22
Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a or Luke 2:41-51a
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Joseph . . . do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. . . . (Matthew 1:20)
Today's readings all reflect God fulfilling His promise to Abraham, sending His people a Messiah of David's line to create an eternal kingdom, causing Israel to "inherit the world." This meant the Israelites would be the first to receive God's offer to be reconciled with Him through the forgiveness of their sins and be spiritually prepared to bring His message to the entire world.
At that time, the Israelites believed salvation came to those following the laws as defined by the church hierarchy, but Christ, and later St. Paul, tell the people to develop a heartfelt faith in God's Word and live righteously in its truths. God, in Christ, was now the avowed savior of all in a new, unchanging, everlasting covenant sealed in His precious blood.
In Matthew we meet Joseph, betrothed to Mary, God's chosen to bear Jesus, but before they had marital relations, she was found "with child." To avoid ruining Mary's life, he considered a quiet divorce, but his faith, humility and goodness were revealed by his immediately taking Mary into his home when in a dream an angel told him the child came to Mary through the Holy Spirit, to be named Jesus, and become Israel's Savior.
Luke's gospel shows Jesus, age 12, having attended the Passover celebration in Jerusalem with His parents, was now missing from the caravan on its homeward trip. After three days of frantic searching in the city, Mary and Joseph found Jesus in the Temple with the teachers who were impressed by His questions and knowledge. When His parents spoke of their search, He seemed surprised they did not know He would be in His Father's house. This incident foreshadows Christ's all-consuming mission, His bringing new life to man through a costly faith and selfless obedience to God.
O Heavenly Father,
Your Son's love led Him to accept the ultimate sacrifice so we could glory in a new life. Help us be self-giving, to bring light to a sin-darkened world.
~ Marie Bocko, OCDS | email: mlbocko(at)twcny(dot)rr(dot)com
Friday, March 19, 2010
Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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