Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 14, A.D. 2002

Sirach 48:1-4,9-11 Psalm 80,2-3,15-16,18-19 Matthew 17:10-13

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 Messiah.

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 (uujpow@aol.com)


St. John of the Cross, religious, priest, doctor of the Church

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