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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 17, A.D. 2002

O Come,
Wisdom of our God Most High,
guiding creation with power and love:
teach us to walk in the paths of knowledge.

Genesis 49:2,8-10
Psalm 72:1-4,7-8,17
Matthew 1:1-17

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"May he rule from sea to sea, from the river to the ends of the earth." (Psalm 72:8)

Our anticipation and joy grow as the fulfillment of God's promise draws near. The Savior of the world, King of the universe, the Word of God made incarnate is soon to be born in human flesh of David's line. Psalmists sang of Him and prophets proclaimed His goodness and glory, for they saw that in Him alone rests the hope of mankind. With them let us turn toward Christ, Emmanuel, meaning God with us, to celebrate the day that salvation came into this world.

On what do we base our yearly celebration--a mythical Santa, carloads of gifts, over-extended credit cards? Let us instead feast in the knowledge that we are indeed the beloved children of our heavenly Father Who established our dignity by taking on our human flesh. However, because the all-holy God abhors sin which carries the penalty of death, He showed His love for our sinful race by sending Jesus to pay the penalty for us. Christ grown to manhood would become the final and perfect sacrifice, die in our flesh to vindicate God's justice and so restore humanity to friendship with Him.

Through Christ, God offers us the gift of "faith," for it is through our firm belief in Him, Who is God's holy Word, that we are made fit to dwell with Him eternally. And to further insure that we will have the strength and wisdom to obey God's Word, He extends His "grace" to us through the Person of His Holy Spirit. Truly salvation is all God's work; our part is like Mary's, to simply say, "yes" to bringing God's life into this world. Such is the "way" to humanity's genuine peace and joy.

Loving Father,
we rejoice in Christ's coming
and fervently pray that all hearts throughout this world
will be moved to embrace our one, true Savior.

- Marie L. Bocko, ocds (mlbocko@borg.com)


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