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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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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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