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PRAYER / Lenten Reflection 2005

Saturday, March 19, 2005

The first two readings establish Jesus as son of God’s covenants with David and Abraham. Luke portrays the crisis every father faces when watching his son become a man and leave home. Matthew calls a younger Joseph a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose Mary "to shame." A law-abiding man would expose Mary to death. Joseph is a just man, close to the heart of God. Justice is not about law, but sharing the very nature of God. Joseph, although he has a right to under the Law, will not have Mary stoned (or burned or drowned) for adultery.

Ask the Spirit to remind you of how Jesus was just, how he learned justice from Joseph, and how he treated those whom the Law and society condemned. Then be quiet and listen.

O God, we need the gift of your own self, your own justice. Bless those on death row. Bless parents, and help them be just. Teach all those entrusted with civil or religious law what justice means to you.

Contributor: Sister Rea McDonnell

Last updated: Saturday, 12 March, 2005 1:38 PM

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