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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 18, A.D. 2002

O Come,
Leader of Ancient Israel,
giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai:
rescue us with your mighty power!


Jeremiah 23:5-8 Psalm 72:1,12-13,18-19 Matthew 1:18-24


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

And they shall name him Emmanuel . . .

Emmanuel, God is with us. He came, was born of a Virgin, and at that moment showed what had been true from the beginning of time. God is with us.

So much is settled truth. God walks beside us constantly, attempting to converse, to persuade, to tell us how much we are loved. Sometimes it seems we prefer to ignore that message and listen to the words sent to us by the world. The love of money speaks louder than God's sweet whisper. The power of lust breaks through His sweet and constant song to us.

But the cry of a baby can break through all of that. Look through Mary's eyes at the Son she brought forth miraculously and contemplate with her the wonders of that first Christmas morning. This is what we are headed for, and in fact, what we can celebrate each morning when we wake. Christ has been born once for all, and we can rejoice in God with Us because of it.

JuandelaCruz, T.O.Carm (sriddle415@yahoo.com)

http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/



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