Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
December 10, A.D. 2002
Psalm 96:1-3, 10-13
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
He gathers the lambs, carrying them in his bosom. (Isaiah 40:11)
Today's readings help prepare our hearts to receive the blessed
Christ-Child. The prophet Isaiah reminds us of our mutability, the
brevity and fragility of human life, but also of God's great compassion
in providing us with a Savior to lead us out of the wilderness this
world has become because of our sin. The wonder of God's plan is the
means He chose to reveal Himself and His salvation. He gave us His only
Son, a Savior sent to earth in human flesh, entrusted to earthly parents
to grow into manhood only to sacrifice His life that we might be
forgiven of sin and gain new life and the keys to eternal life in Him.
As we look at this world, can we honestly say that we have no need for
forgiveness, of renewal in heart and mind and of God's grace that gives
us wisdom, love and strength beyond human capabilities? Have all the
wars we've fought throughout history conquered the hatred, injustice and
inequity that caused them? Oh, that we would use this Christmas season
to teach our children about the One who is the greatest gift any of us
could receive, the Living Word, the Eternal Truth and Love from God, not
merely the perishable goods of this world.
Jesus speaks in today's Gospel of His Father's joy over the finding and
returning of one lost sheep to His fold. Christ, the Good Shepherd, gave
Himself that He might save even one sheep from perishing in the
wilderness. The world lauds the self-made, successful, prominent, who
feel no need for God. The Lord elevates the "little ones," those who in
poverty of spirit, humility, turn to God to receive all He desires to
remove from us
all that hinders our receiving You
with joy and thanksgiving.
Make Your light shine forth in this world
to dispel its darkness.
- Marie L. Bocko, ocds (email@example.com)
The Second Week of Advent
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