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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 30 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaih 49:1-6
Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a, 5ab-6ab, 15 and 17
John 13:21-33, 36-38

A reflection on today's Scripture:

The events leading to Calvary are beginning to unfold.

Today the Gospel pictures Jesus reclining at table with His disciples and it tells us, He is "deeply troubled." It goes on to say He knows that someone present will betray Him. Next, the betrayer is revealed. It is Judas.

It is a scene that vibrates with intensity!

If you saw Jesus so deeply troubled, would it not move your heart to profound sadness? Would it not change you and make you want to avoid anything that could cause Him such troubling emotion?

It did not, as we know, move Judas. It did not change his heart or change his plans and we are told that Satan entered him!

In contrast we see Peter and hear him say to Jesus, "I will lay down my life for you." It is, as Jesus knows, a pledge he will not keep.

The lesson for us is this: being a traitor and vector of evil is a matter of the heart. It is, after all, the inclination of our hearts that leads us to either accept or reject God's grace and its power to transform us.

This Holy Week Tuesday, ask yourself, "Who do I most emulate? Is it Peter or is it Judas? Do I allow God's mercy to have its proper effect on me or do I, by an act of my free will, reject it?"

Now is the time to receive the Sacrament of Forgiveness.

Look at Jesus; let Him change your heart.

~ Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS | email: drn3rd@hughes.net

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tuesday of Holy Week

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