Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
December 1, A.D. 2002
Psalm 80:2-3,15-16, 18-19
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13: 33-37
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Today the Church begins another liturgical year and the Scripture
readings bring us back to the basics of our faith in a very direct way.
The first reading reminds us that we're children; God is our Father and
has formed us out of the clay of the earth. We are all the work of His
hands, nothing more, nothing less. It gives us a common bond and a total
dependence on God at all times.
The second reading so beautifully describes that we're given all kinds
of talents by God, all kinds of abilities from His hands. In addition we
have become children of God through our baptism. We have been elevated
with the promise of eternal life if we use our talents wisely and keep
turned toward God.
The Gospel summarizes by reminding us that we are to be watchful, as we
do not know the day the Lord is coming. We are to live each day, each
moment, as though this might be the day. It sounds like a stern mandate,
but we do need to remember that God is also our judge.
All of this sounds so logical, but it does not fit the thinking of so
many today, who believe they are not stewards, that the talents they
have are their own, to be used as they wish, or to exploit others. They
live their days as though life on earth is eternal and their streets
will always be lined with gold. Advent is a time to pull all of us back
to our spiritual reality, our spiritual roots. Instead of worrying about
the sparkles and ornaments of the commercial season, let us all take the
time of advent to put a little sparkle into our spiritual life!
- Joan of Jesus, OCDS (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The First Sunday of Advent
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