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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 2 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 52:13--53:12
Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25
Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
John 18:1--19:42

A reflection on today's Scripture:

He was pierced for our offenses . . . by His stripes we were healed. (see Isaiah 53:5)

This day's events in Christ's life should remove all doubts we may have of God's love, even for those of us whose sins have dishonored Him.

Our heavenly Father sent His only Son to us in human flesh to die sacrificially by taking on our guilt to absolve us of our sins. Still, man stays ignorant of God's love, for when a calamity or vicious crime strikes us, many still say that a God Who is really Love would not permit such horrors. Foolishly we blame God rather than those who have corrupted His word by using their God-given "free will" to cause suffering for material gain or satisfying grudges. We also fail to see that man's "fall" from grace, by betraying God's laws, negatively affects the perfect functioning of this world that He gave to our care.

God gave us a "free will" for good reasons. First, His purpose in creating us was to share with us His blessed life of love, therefore, all His laws are inherent in and an actual expression of His love in which we are called to live. Love would cease to exist if it did not expect a certain give-and-take from the giver and receiver, and these conditions must be freely accepted by both and motivated for the good of one another and the success of their union.

Today's broken lives result from the attitude that we aren't getting all we expected from our "important other" or that he or she expects too much from us. If we mutually accept and abide by the conditions in this relationship of love as offered us by God in Christ, we can bring His goodness and genuine peace into this world.

This Lenten season should be a strong reminder to us that true sacrifices require us to die to our self-will, selfishness and pride and instead grow in resemblance to Christ. Let us consider that had we been obedient to living in God's love rather than sin, we could have spared Jesus the agony He suffered for us on this day, and we could also prevent the pain that our sins would continue to bring into this world.

O Most Blessed Redeemer,
we thank You with all our hearts for assuming guilt for our sins and dying for them in our stead.
Help us to participate fully in Your cleansing love.

~ Marie Bocko, OCDS | email: mlbocko(at)twcny(dot)rr(dot)com

Friday, April 2, 2010

Good Friday of the Lord's Passion

Lives of the saints:

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


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