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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 25, A.D. 2002

Isaiah 9:1-6
Psalm 96:1-3,11-13
Titus 2:11-14
Luke 2:1-14


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Our Catholic Faith is replete with the splendor of solemnities and feasts. Few however, evoke such yearning for the tangible God than Christmas.

Sometimes our faith is sorely tested, even to the point where we seriously wonder if we'll ever again know with sure and =certain= faith that God exists and cares. Is it any wonder then, with all the cares, concerns and distractions of this world, that for most of us there is the unspoken worry that Christmas will come and go without "feeling" as if anything heavenly has happened. It is however, in times without any sense experience, that God is in fact, most near - so present, bright and glorious that we are blinded as if looking at the sun, and fail to see Him and know that He is close. The great tragedy of these moments of grace is to think that the God who once gave us such delightful evidence of Him, is absent and somehow and for some reason, has left us in desolation.

Pray then my dear friends, that if God has chosen to "blind" you on this sacred feast, that your memory will serve you instead and take you back to the Christmas Cave within your heart where once on a Silent and Holy Night you saw Him, touched Him, heard His voice and smelled and tasted of His sweetness.

Suddenly, there was with the angel
a multitude of the heavenly host,
praising God and saying:
"Glory to God in high heaven,
peace on earth to those on whom his favor rests."


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

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

The Nativity of the Lord

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