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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 27, A.D. 2002

1 John 1:1-4
Psalm 97
John 20:2-8


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Our joy of Christmas and our anticipation of the Epiphany are well encouraged by today's Gospel. The first word of John's proclamation upon seeing Jesus is food for much thought and meditation:

"Look!"

What good advice to each of us! Simply "Look!" Take time and "Look!" around and discover the presence of the Lamb of God. Like our brother John, we may, at first, not recognize Jesus. But with the aid of the Holy Spirit we will come to recognize the presence of the Lord in our midst. And always, the Lord is inviting us to a fuller life in the Spirit.

The Lord is drawing us more and more into the life of the Trinity. Jesus, God's chosen one is inviting us to be baptized in the Holy Spirit so that in that life of the Spirit we can also glorify the Father. Perhaps we are prone to relegate the words of today's Gospel to a few, but they are God's plan for each of us, not for the few.

Today is an excellent day to return to the manger in my heart and bow and adore the presence of the King of Kings. He waits for no fancy formula of words; simply He desires me to surrender my life to Him and allow Him to draw me into that new life, that new baptism of sacrificial love. As I prepare for the feast of the Epiphany, can I give a new and fresh "Yes!" to Jesus? Can I pause today and "Look!" to the Lamb of God for a fuller share in God's Spirit?

- Fr. Patrick Ryan, MM

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

St. John, Apostle, evangelist

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