Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
December 28, A.D. 2002
1 John 1:5--2:2
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Fear alone can be the most driving force that we can ever experience.
Herod was afraid that the little Christ Child would "take over" his
government. His advisers told him what they thought to be true, that
he was vulnerable. Joseph, listening to the angel of the Lord in a
dream, "got up and took the child and his mother and left that night
for Egypt." (Matthew 2:14)
When we pause for a moment to think about the dangers of their time
and the dangers of our world today we can readily see that they are
almost the same. Evil existed then and still exists in the hearts and
minds of the people that inhabit the earth today--that do not know
Jesus Christ! Then it was all those innocent baby boys that were
massacred -- Rachel wailing for her children. Now we have the culture
of our world--the culture of death--which allows the slaughter of
countless innocent unborn children just because of the argument over
when life begins.
What can change this culture of death? Our God loves us so much that
He sent forth His only son Jesus, that we might have life, life on
earth to praise and honor Him, life in heaven eternal for those who
trust and love Him.
Help me, O God,
to know You better,
to love You more,
to trust in your mercy
all the days of my life.
- Deacon Bill Powers (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Holy Innocents, martyrs
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