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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 23, A.D. 2002

O Come,
Emmanuel,
God's presence among us, our King, our Judge:
save us, Lord our God!


Malachi 3:1-4,13-14
Psalm 25
Luke 1:57-66


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

As Our Lord promised, the prophets foretold--and we now realize--the messenger who heralded the coming of the Messiah was John the Baptist. John prepared the people--those who would listen--for the first coming of Our Savior, by calling them to repent and amend their lives.

Today we honor another herald, St. John of Kanty from Cracow (Poland), a priest, professor of science, pastor and pious disciple of Jesus Christ. He is remembered for his love for the poor, self-mortification and earnest zeal for living the Gospel and giving God Glory. He, as well as all the saints, were living witnesses to a life fully lived in Christ.

Today we should well ponder who are the messengers and witnesses that influence our lives--our lives in Christ. Who are we listening to? Who are we emulating? Who are we paying the most attention to? Who do we consider to be teaching us the Truth?

We are most blessed to be living in this extraordinary time - for with extraordinary trials and experiences come tremendous graces from God.

As throughout history, when the Church was experiencing harsh trials, Our Lord raised up extraordinary people to witness to His Truth, to contradict what the world would have us believe and accept, to be Light in the darkness.

St. John the Baptist announced that the Kingdom of God was at hand. St. John of Kanty showed us how to live in that Kingdom of God here on earth. Our Holy Father, John Paul II continues to show us, to prepare us for Christ's coming -- if we are but willing to listen!

- Nancy Collingwood

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

St John of Kanty, priest

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