Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 27, A.D. 2005
Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7
Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Just about every child has memories of playing "Hide and Seek." The
one tagged had to hide his face without peeking while the rest
new hiding places before the call came, "Here I come, ready or not!".
thereıs the theme for this first Sunday of "Cycle B" another Advent
in which we will concentrate on the Gospel of Mark (with a few
Itıs a time to cut way down on aimless TV and Internet "surfing", and
some good Advent reading and viewing.
This Sundayıs selections from Isaiah show a chastened people. Very
like ourselves! We've been chastened by a frustrating war, a corroded
opinion of America, scandals in government, business, and our beloved
Church. Like the Israelites of old, we have come to realize the depth
our sinfulness. We need some "Christmas!" Of course, all this should
result in a deep and healthy humility. Only a humble heart can accept
beautiful metaphor of clay in the hands of God, The Potter, which we
the end of todayıs first reading. We can very well take this as a
theme for our Advent a lump of clay being shaped each day of Advent
loving hand of God.
St. Paul stirs us to courage, reminding us how much God has gifted us,
is the source of guidance in our use of those gifts a good challenge
making this Advent more creative and more serious than last year.
The core of Advent is watching and waiting with sharp eye. We are
to recognize Jesus, not only in His historical coming, His presence in
Most Holy Eucharist, in His Spirit within us, but also in the poor, the
needy, and in all who cross our paths daily. Not easy!
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(smartins at frontiernet dot net)
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