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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 28, A.D. 2002

1 John 1:5--2:2
Psalm 124:2-5,7b-8
Matthew 2:13-18


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.
Amen


- Deacon Bill Powers (uujpow@aol.com)

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

The Holy Innocents, martyrs

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