Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
December 15, A.D. 2002
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 19-28
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Several special persons emerge often in the Scriptures of the Advent
season. Our Blessed Mother, of course, is most prominent. We also hear
about St. Joseph, Mary's cousin, Elizabeth, and St. John the Baptist.
Today's Scriptural reading centers on St. John the Baptist and his
proclaimed role to testify to the Light and to help prepare the people
of his day for Christ's message of salvation.
One might ponder about the preparations that St. John the Baptist
undertook to prepare himself for that role. We know that he was a very
disciplined person, especially by today's standards. One vital
revelation we have through the Scripture is that even before he was born
he encountered the Blessed Mother. We know that Mary stayed with her
cousin, Elizabeth, from the third month of her pregnancy for about six
months before she returned home.
Each of us, as baptized Christians, as a priestly people, also have the
responsibility to speak out in the desert, in the barren wastes of our
world today. Each of us has a role in preparing the way for the Lord.
From time to time throughout the day we can call upon Mary, our mother,
and spouse of the Holy Spirit, to guide us in these special roles. What
a responsibility we have! But greater yet is the honor that we have been
called to prepare the way of the Lord!
Spouse of the Holy Spirit,
- Joan of Jesus, ocds (email@example.com)
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