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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 22 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 or 13:41c-62
Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
John 8:12-20

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Who cannot feel the intense drama in the scripture account about Susanna?

Accused but innocent, the object of lust and scorn. For her, there will be no mercy. Susanna can be thought of as every one who is innocent who is condemned, enslaved, abused or rejected. Part of a Lenten examination of my conscience is to look for the times I have made the judgment of guilt, denied mercy, scorned or ridiculed, even if only at the level of a murmur heard only by my own ears. Part of the Lenten works of mercy is to be more attuned to the situations where the innocent, especially women and children, are falsely accused, enslaved and condemned.

God's justice and mercy prevail because of Daniel. He brings light and justice. He represents the good that a just man or woman can accomplish.

It may be a different setting, but the Pharisees disputing Jesus are mimicking those who plotted against Susanna. They debate Jesus not to obtain the truth but to accuse Him, arrest Him and condemn Him. Jesus continues to reveal His unity with the Father, intensely revealed in fulfilling the Father's will, and in the Resurrection. Truly innocent, He dies for everyone, the guilty, and I am included.

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

Monday, March 22, 2010

Monday of the Fifth Week in Lent

Lives of the saints:

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