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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 24, A.D. 2002

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

2 Samuel 7:1-5,8-12,14,16
Psalm 89:2-5,27,29
Luke 1:67-79

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"...the daybreak from on high will visit us....to guide our feet into the path of peace." (Luke 1:78-79)

Today's Scripture reminded me of a trip through the Gaspé Peninsula at the eastern end of Canada which took me through miles of fishing villages. What distinguished these settlements was their houses painted in blazing colors and the miles of smelly, salted codfish lying on racks drying in the sun. But most intriguing was a series of small yet exquisitely built and decorated Catholic churches. It appeared that each town had vied with its neighbors in giving the greater honor to God through their houses of worship.

Our first reading centers on King David's preoccupation with establishing God's dwelling place, a temple, on Jewish soil. This was a most appropriate desire, especially when one considers that Christ, the eternal King and Savior of the world, would be descended in His humanity from David's lineage. However, while temples and cathedrals provide man a means of paying great homage to his Creator, God has relatively little interest in these magnificent edifices; instead His interest wholly centers on those He has created in His image and into whom He breathed His very life.

Our Gospel reading affirms that God's focus is on the redemption of humanity. John the Baptist was to prepare the Jews to receive their Messiah. The space that God desired to fill was not a mere building. St. Paul said it succinctly when he told Christ's people that their very bodies were created to be indwelt by God, to become His living temples, unsullied by sin, shining forth His truth and love, Christ's life, to a needful world.

Father of all goodness,
let us rejoice with gratitude for Christ's sacrifice
which enables us to participate in Your divine holiness.
May Your will be done in and through us.

- Marie L. Bocko, ocds (mlbocko@borg.com)


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