Daily Readings Reflection for 3/13/11


Scripture: Lectionary # 22. March 13, 2011. Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7. Psalm
51:3-4.5-6.12-13.17 Romans 5:12-19. Matthew 4:1-11

Today’s Readings

We live not on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of
God. We believe that Jesus is the Word of God and that the Holy Spirit
communicates to us through the Scriptures which we believe is the word of
God for us. But there are so many books and words within the Bible that we
often find it difficult to understand where the word of God is for us. How
do we know what God is saying to us through the Scriptures and through the
whole double library of the Bible–the New Testament, the Hebrew Scriptures
(Old Testament)? How can we assimilate the over abundance of words and
themes that are presented before us in the Bible?

Jesus is singularly the Word of God. Our focus is on him when we hear the
word of God or read it. The liturgical celebration of the Eucharist is an
ideal place to get in touch with Jesus the Word. Here we are given a few
selections from the great libraries of the Bible and we are even helped by
the way in which skilled readers who are sensitive to the need to be heard
clearly present that word of God to us. Jesus is present wherever two or
three are gathered in his Name and his Name is the Word of God. We need to
listen with our hearts as the psalms tell us. By turning to Jesus as a
Person in whom we believe and trust the words of the Lord become more real
to us. We are listening then to the living word of Jesus and Jesus speaks
to us through it.

Today Jesus shows us how to overcome the Devil by knowing the Scriptures.
He refutes the threefold attempt of the wily old serpent with the words of
God coming from the Hebrew Scriptures which were his Bible. The first
temptation is offset by Jesus citing Exodus 4:15; the second is a citation
from Deuteronomy 6:16; the third, Deuteronomy again seen in Deuteronomy
6:13 and 10:20. The Devil was citing Scripture too, but not as the living
word of God and not realizing that Jesus was one with God as the Word made
flesh among us. Satan is vanquished and he leaves Jesus. Luke also has
three temptations and Jesus resists with God’s word so that Satan does not
bother him again till his sufferings and death on the Cross.

Paul also gives us the living words of God telling us today that …”the
grace of God and the gracious gift of one man, Jesus Christ abound for
all… through one man’s obedience all shall become just.”

And we pray with our own voices in the words of the great Psalm 51: “A
clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Give me back the joy of your salvation, and a willing spirit sustain in me.
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.” Amen.


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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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