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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 20, A.D. 2002

O Come
Key of David,
opening the gates of God's eternal Kingdom:
free the prisoners of darkness!


Isaiah 48:17-19
Psalm 1:1-4,6
Matthew 11:16-19



A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Today's first reading has a few words which make me consider how my actions and behavior affect God. Since early childhood I learned that sinful disobedience hurts Him and makes Him sad. But what about behavior that isn't necessarily sinful, which instead falls short of our ability, and giftedness? Certainly when we fail to use the gifts and opportunities that God has given us, that too, I learned, makes Him sad. Isaiah indicated that it also makes God "weary."

Thinking that I might be making God tired and discouraged, is for me a terrible thought. I know that because He is infinite, there is no limit to His strength -- His ability to cope, so to speak. Even so, we're told He is capable of weariness. If you have ever been weary, you know the feeling; and to imagine that the Almighty and gracious God is vulnerable to me is a frightening and sober thought.

Let us then consider all our actions and not just avoid sinfulness, but avoid being anything less than what God intended -- not only avoiding sin, but striving to be more perfect in accord with His will.

As the Light draws ever nearer may we see with greater understanding that, like Mary, we must respond to how God intervenes in our lives. Mary could have said, "No!" to the angel; but instead she said, "I am the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me as you say." Lord, give me the grace to do so as well.

- Donna Raye Nelson, ocds (drn3rd@hotmail.com)

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



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