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Reflection for March 19, 2007

"Solemnity of St.Joseph"

Today's Mass Readings

Today is the solemnity of St. Joseph. He is known to us first of all as the husband of Mary and hence the foster father of Jesus. Both Mary and Joseph point us toward their holy Son, who was truly man and therefore had human parents. Today’s readings highlight the importance of Joseph’s role in salvation history

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Reflection for March 18, 2007

"Growing in spiritual maturity"

Today's Mass Readings

Today’s first reading is a very important reading in the Old Testament. After many years of wandering in the desert, the Israelites finally have finally reached the Promised Land. In the desert, had God led them, protected them, fed them and quenched their thirst. Now, under the leadership of Joshua, they have crossed the Jordan and are encamped east of Jericho. From now on there would be no longer be any manna. The Israelites would have to cultivate their own food. In this way, God was inviting the people to maturity, both spiritual and material. Like little children who begin to eat on their own, develop their own thinking and character, learn accountability, make responsible choices and grow up as mature, disciplined individuals, God now invites the Israelites to mature in their faith, in their relationship with God with one another and with other nations around them.

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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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