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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 24 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95
Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56
John 8:31-42

A reflection on today's Scripture:

There are times when I read scripture that I think one of the biggest sins might be arrogance.

Take, for instance, in today's gospel reading we find this passage where Jesus said to those Jews who believed in Him, "If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." They answered Him, "We are descendants of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How can you say, 'You will become free’?”

How could they say they had never been enslaved to anyone? Their entire nation had been slaves to Egypt, and then centuries later hauled off to captivity in Babylon. At the time of Jesus their land was occupied by the Romans. It seems to me they had been slaves for much of their existence! But as Jesus points out in the next few verses, anyone who has sinned is a slave to that sin. If arrogance is sin, then they were certainly slaves to it.

This is undoubtedly the case with us. The important thing for us to be watchful of is how sin can be so hidden from us. The Jews of 2000 years ago failed to see their own sins and were slaves of it. Could that be the case with any of us?

~ Don Claunch, SFO | email: dlclaunch@bresnan.net

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Lent

Lives of the saints:

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