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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 2, A.D. 2002

Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122:1-9
Matthew 8:5-11

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

It is a wonder how the Apostles found it difficult to believe that the Gentiles could also receive salvation in light of today's Gospel reading. Jesus says very plainly that all peoples will come to his banquet. But why did they find it so hard?

Take a look at the Centurion. Not only was he a Gentile, but a Roman as well - part of the empire that kept Israel in submission. For centuries Israel had expected a Messiah that would bring them salvation through military means. Although the Apostles knew Jesus was the Messiah, they still expected a military, earthly kingdom. It's no wonder that Jesus' saying in today's Gospel went unnoticed even when Paul had reported the conversion of the Gentiles.

But are we any different? Have we found ourselves thinking that Christianity is one thing and "outsiders" or "gentiles" cannot have our Lord's salvation? Cardinal Paulo Arns pointed out that when Christians first settled this land they were poor, oppressed immigrants. But, he goes on to say, "We try to convince ourselves that today's poor are poor because of their own fault and the REAL Americans belong to the middle class."

In this holiday season let us keep in mind that Christ and His salvation are for all who ask for it and it's our mission to make it available to them.

- Don Claunch, SFO


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