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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 29, A.D. 2002

Genesis 15:1-6;21:1-3(17B)
Psalm 105:1-2,3-4,5-6,8-9
Hebrews 11:8;11-12,17-19
Luke 2:22-40


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

The Psalm for today gives a powerful message that could serve as a remedy for many of the ills of families today. The psalmist urges that we look to the Lord in His strength and constantly seek His face.

We see that in their old age Sarah and Abraham were able to conceive and bear a son, Isaac. By faith Abraham offered up Isaac when asked to do so, but we know that God finally did not ask that sacrifice of Abram. With God all things are possible if we place our trust in Him and if it is the will of God. God also sometimes seems to put us to the test, to see if we do trust in Him.

In the Gospel we learn that Joseph and Mary were looking to the Lord in His strength and seeking His will as we read of their presenting Jesus in the Temple according to the Law. They freely consecrated Him to the Lord. What a beautiful example for families as they bring forth new life in their families! How much that must please God, when that consecration is made!

Long, wordy prayers are not needed to build this habit into our life. We can just quickly say "Please help me Lord". "Help me to see You in this situation, or in this person". Needless to say, much more fruit will come forth than when we try to do it alone.

Where is God in your family today?

- Joan of Jesus, ocds (jmurphy@utica.edu)

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

The Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:
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