Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
December 23, A.D. 2002
God's presence among us, our King, our Judge:
save us, Lord our God!
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
St John of Kanty, priest
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