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Reflection for March 14, 2007

Acts by Law or Acts of Love?"

Today's Mass Readings

Both the readings deal with the role of laws in spirituality. However, before we reflect on this theme it seems very interesting to draw a parallelism between the two readings. It might be interesting to note the Matthew was writing to a predominantly Jewish audience. Thus, he constantly strives to present Jesus as the new Moses, but only far more superior than Judaism’s greatest prophet; hence, the parallelism in today’s readings as well.

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Reflection for March 13, 2007

"To Forgive is Divine"

Today's Mass Readings

The Gospel reading for today is perfect for the season of Lent. In many ways it can be seen as a commentary on the line from the Lord’s prayer, “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” In today’s reading from Matthew’s Gospel, Peter asks Jesus if we should forgive someone even if they have sinned against us seven times.

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Reflection for March 12, 2007

Athirst is my soul for the living God"
Today's Scripture Readings

Today’s first reading tells a dramatic story of a non-Israelite who receives healing from the Jewish prophet Elisha. This story seems improbable for several reasons, one of which is that everything happens upon the advice of a servant girl! Secondly, Namaan is not an Israelite and does not want to follow Elisha’s instruction. And yet, there is enough belief in this story from the people surrounding Namaan that he does get healed of his leprosy.

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Reflection for March 11, 2007

"Human Desires"

Today's Mass Readings

Desire is a neutral human quality. It is what one desires and how one chooses to fulfil these desires that make it either good or bad.

Today’s readings are a great commentary on human desire. The Israelites in today’s first reading were thirsty. They “desired” water. When they saw that there was no water they should have known that the same God who had miraculously rescued them from the mighty Egyptians could also provide them with water. Instead, they grumbled to such an extent that Moses was scared they would stone him.

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Reflection for March 10, 2007

"You will cast into the depths of the sea all our sins."

Today's Mass Readings

It is during lent that we get to hear the prophecies of some of the minor prophets of the Old Testament. For example, we get to hear from the prophecies of prophet Micah in today’s first reading. He prophesied around the same time as Isaiah. But while Isaiah came from the upper echelons of society, Micah came from rural Judah. As a result, his message is specially connected to the land and the poor who work in it.

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