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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 1, A.D. 2002

Isaiah 63:16b-17,19b;64:2-7
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 (jmurphy@utica.edu)

http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/

The First Sunday of Advent

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