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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 8, A.D. 2002

Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11
Psalm 85:9-14
2 Peter 3:8-14
Mark 1:1-8


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Upfront and in your face, at the very beginning of St. Mark's gospel is a quote from Isaiah which is also read at length in today's First Reading at mass: "Make ready the way of the Lord,
clear him a straight path."
Isaiah 40:3

Anyone who has been involved in road-building, or has watched roads being built, knows what that quotation means! It's a tedious, labor-intensive, time-consuming job, with attention to details. And for what purpose? Simply to get from one place to another on a path that is as direct as possible.

If you have really listened to this message of salvation in your heart, then you know that you are a part of the Zion that Isaiah speaks of when he says: "Go up onto a high mountain, Zion, herald of glad tidings; cry out at the top of your voice...."

Let us rejoice in prayer and in our hearts, because our Lord has brought us salvation and has taught us how to make the road straight and direct to Him; for He desires us, and calls us to Himself.

- Joachim (1993)

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