READINGS for 2006-03-26
?This has not come from you: it is God?s gift.? Ephesians 2:8
Here I am Lord; I?ve come to do your will.
Suffering is always a double-edged sword. This is because at one time it is the occasion of suffering and at another level there is always the opportunity for people to express empathy and solidarity with those suffering and also try to alleviate their suffering to whatever extent that is possible. Suffering should not occasion despair in our lives but draw forth the best from our hearts in the way of love and mercy. Let us keep this in mind as we go about our daily lives.
Psalm 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6
1 By the streams of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion. 2 On the aspens of that land we hung up our harps. (R) 3 For there our captors asked of us the lyrics of our songs, and our despoilers urged us to be joyous ?Sing for us the songs of Zion!? (R) 4 How could we sing a song of the LORD in a foreign land? 5 If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand be forgotten! (R) 6 May my tongue cleave to my palate if I remember you not, if I place not Jerusalem ahead of my joy. (R)
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LOVE ALWAYS COMES FIRST WITH GOD
One of the most common images that people have of God is that of a judge preparing to punish them for their sins. Today?s Gospel presents a very different kind of God ? one who is primarily concerned with loving us and not judging or punishing us! We see this in the words of Jesus as He tells His disciples that He has come, ?not to judge the world but to bring salvation to all!?
Lord Jesus, open my eyes to the truth of Your love for me. Help me to experience Your love in the daily events of my life and to be able to discern how best to respond in love ? not just of You but of all those with whom I am in contact.
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