Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
December 14, A.D. 2002
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"Elijah has already come, but they did not recognize him..." (Mt.17:12)
Jesus' transfiguration had just taken place, the disciples were
confused, the people expected that God would carry out his promise that
the Messiah, the Son of David, would come and save His people. John the
Baptist just didn't fit into their plan. The people didn't recognize
John as the new Elijah; they didn't recognize Jesus as the promised
Today's word of God confronts us with the same question that perplexed
the Jews. "Who do you say that Jesus is?" Who is He to you? Is He
someone that makes you think about the temptations that we face each
day; the messiah, a man to emulate, and a person who should be the
center of our lives? In order to recognize Jesus, we just have to open
our eyes to those around us: the poor, the homeless, those hurting in so
many ways, cry out saying, "Here I am, can you help me?"
The call to conversion, to commit our lives to Him, to care for our
brothers and sisters is constant. How shall we respond?
O Father God in Heaven,
we need to prepare our hearts,
we need to prepare our minds,
we need to bring ourselves closer to you
in every way! Amen!
- Deacon Bill Powers (firstname.lastname@example.org)
St. John of the Cross, religious, priest, doctor of the Church
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