Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 3, A.D. 2005
1 John 3:22--4:6
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Let us enrich our souls with these words from a sermon given by St. Peter Chrysologus chronicled in today's Office of Readings:
"The Magi gaze in deep wonder at what they see: heaven on earth, earth in heaven, man in God, God in man, one whom the whole universe cannot contain now enclosed in a tiny body. As they look, they believe and do not question, as their symbolic gifts bear witness: incense for God, gold for a king, myrrh for one who is to die.
"So the Gentiles, who were the last, become the first: the faith of the Magi is the first fruits of the belief of the Gentiles.
Thus, we also read today from the incredible prophecy of Isaiah:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me;
He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly,
to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
and to release the prisoners,
To announce a year of favor from the Lord:
and a day of vindication by our God,
to comfort all who mourn... (Is 61:1,2)
As the earth brings forth its plants,
and a garden makes growth spring up,
So will the Lord God make justice and praise
spring up before all the nations. (Is 61:11)
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