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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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Reflection for March 9, 2007

"The New Exodus"

Today's Mass Readings


In today’s Gospel reading we hear Jesus preaching an important but often overlooked aspect of salvation history in the form of a parable. He is basically telling certain Pharisees that God has been trying to reunite His scattered family by sending prophets, and now His Son, Jesus, God in the flesh. God’s people beat and killed the prophets, and now the Son of God will also be killed. Although it will be the Romans who kill Jesus, some of the religious leaders will consent to His death, and in fact seek it out.

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Reflection for March 8, 2007

"As You Sow, So Shall You Reap"


Today's Mass Readings


The United States, is in many ways a place of great excesses, especially when we compare ourselves to our brothers and sisters in the rest of the world. Today’s powerful gospel reading has Jesus telling a parable regarding a nameless rich man who lived at the cost of others’ lives, particularly the life of a poor and afflicted man named Lazarus. When it was too late – that is, when the rich man had died – he realized the error of his ways.

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