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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 24, A.D. 2004


2 Samuel 7:1-5,8-11,16
Psalm 89:2-5,27,29
Luke 1:67-79

O Come,
Emmanuel,
God's presence among us, Our King, our Judge:
save us, Lord our God!


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel"

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who this evening comes to us in the form of a baby laying in straw.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, sovereign, Creator of all that is.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who gives us life, who gives us hope, who gives us love, who gives us Himself, small, unprotected, born in poverty, with only the love of his Earthly parents to His credit, and who yet grew to be the exemplar of love.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who is not distant, who is closer than our own hearts, who is the source of joy and of life, for whom all these lights burn, for whom the whole world sighs even unknowingly.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, the prince of Peace, the Lord of Love, the Wonderful Councilor, the Mighty God.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, Who loves me, personally, not distantly, who sits with me in time of trial and compassionately listens, Who is the source of everything wonderful in my life in all that is.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel. Behold! He comes, not now on clouds of glory, but in the presence of a small child. May we all be made small children, may our stony hearts be bent to His will and His love, and may we be renewed in wonder at His Advent.

O come Lord Jesus, as babe, as Lord, as God, as Master, as Brother, as Guide, as Shepherd, as servant, as King. O come Lord Jesus, too long we have waited.

Come Lord Jesus!

- JuandelaCruz
(sriddle415 at yahoo dot com)

Lives of the saints:
http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/

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