Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 22, A.D. 2005
Daniel 3:57, 58, 59, 60, 61
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
The Jews in the time of Christ were always looking for signs. In
gospel they ask again for a sign that will be given signaling the
destruction of the temple. Jesus tells them that there are many signs.
In our modern world of high-speed communications, we hear news daily of
wars, insurrections, earthquakes, famines and plagues. In this
news one does not have to look far to read or hear about a magnitude
earthquake in Japan this month and in Pakistan the month before, the
of a flu pandemic, and the wars in Iraq and elsewhere. Two thousand
ago these stories would have been passed by word of mouth and were
not years old before they were widely spread. Today, we get it live
color instantaneously, twenty four hours a day. Are these the signs
The answer is that this is really not important. Jesus tells us to not
deceived and to not be terrified. No, we are to steer the course our
set us on, with Him clearly in focus, with Him and His kingdom our aim.
Remember Lot and his wife? Lotıs wife turned to look at the
was turned into a pillar of salt, hardened and useless. But Lot,
his eyes fixed where the Lord told him, escaped and lived
Focus your attention on the Lord, ignore the signs of the times, and
shall live in the company of the Lord just as Lot did.
- Don Claunch, SFO
(dlclaunch at bresnan dot net)
Lives of the saints:
The Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Saint Cecilia, virgin and martyr
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