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Reflection for March 17, 2007

"O God, be merciful to me a sinner."

Today's Mass Readings

Today’s first reading is taken from the book of the prophet Hosea. The prophet’s personal story is one of the most moving stories of the Old Testament. Hosea is commanded by God to marry a prostitute named Gomer. God’s purpose was multi-dimensional. First, through Gomer’s infidelity to Hosea, God wanted the prophet to feel the pain of God who wept at the infidelity of Israel. Second, unlike a prostitute, God wanted Israel as a nation to vow themselves to “right, justice, love and mercy” (Hosea 2:21). It is in this context that we must understand the second part of the reading from Hosea where God says, “Your piety is like a morning cloud, like the dew that early passes away.” Third, just as Hosea remained faithful his “wandering” wife, God wanted Israel to understand God’s fidelity to them.

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Reflection for March 16, 2007

"To Love God and Our Neighbor"

Today's Mass Readings

In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus explains the greatest commandment: Love God. However, Jesus adds a second one to the first: love your neighbor, which is an essential means of loving God. Loving God and loving neighbor are thus inseparable. Understanding and practicing these two commandments together would make Jesus say to us what he said to the scribe, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.”

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Reflection for March 15, 2007

"To Be For God or Against God"

Today's Mass Readings

Jesus’ tone in the gospel is rather serious. He gives his followers only two options: to be for God or against Him, to gather people for Him or to scatter His people. There is not middle path when it comes to our choices of God. Every day we face numerous choices, but seldom do we think that every choice we make reflects that we are either for or against God. Yet some among our tradition, like Thomas Aquinas, have argued precisely this.

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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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