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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 21, A.D. 2002

Song of Songs 2:8-14 or Zephaniah 3:14-18
Psalm 33:2-3,11-12,20-21
Luke 1:39-45.


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

We know the feeling that we have when someone we love visits us and tells us how much they love us -- child, sister or brother, aunt, uncle, or good friend. We enjoy their company and tell them how much we appreciate their visit. We can feel the joy of the moment when Mary entered Zechariah's house and greeted Elizabeth.

Elizabeth felt honored that Mary would make the long journey to visit her, and expressed it when she said, "Who am I that the mother of my Lord should come to me?" (vs.43) Faith and hope are present here as this meeting takes place. By example we are called to reach out to the people we love that need to see us, assuring them that they are ever in our thoughts and prayers. We are also called to visit those who are bedridden, hungry, homeless, lonely, and greet them with the same enthusiasm that Mary greeted Elizabeth.

Father,
help us to fulfill our Advent mission.
Allow the grace of your Holy Spirit
to fill our hearts and minds,
as we walk in your footsteps.
Amen!


- Deacon Bill Powers (uujpow@aol.com)

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

St. Peter Canisius, religious, priest, doctor of the Church

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