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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 3, A.D. 2005

Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26
Psalm 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5a, 6-8

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"His heart was moved with pity for them. . ."

Jesus ranged through the land bearing the good news of God's love and His redemption. Each time He met a new group of people His heart was moved with pity for them. He was moved because they were so lost, so directionless, so terrified, so alone.

As followers of Jesus, we range through the world today and circumstances have not changed. Every day we encounter people who are lost, lonely, confused, directionless. Worse than this, many of these lost souls believe that they know the way and understand the path--they think they have all of the answers. They are hard to speak to and difficult to influence.

Nevertheless, continuing the mission of Jesus, we need to bring the good news to the lost souls of today. It can be as simple as a smile or a word or a helping hand. The distorted desire we meet in the street needs to see the light of the Desire of Ages. Then heart speaks to heart and the lost ones can be drawn to Jesus Christ.

That is what we are to do as Catholic Christians. We light the lamp and place it on a stand and welcome any who wander into the circle.
Difficult though it may be when fighting the battle for hearts and minds, be moved to pity and prayer by the illogic and sometimes sheer ill-will you hear emerging. When you see a lost soul, one so wrapped up in himself or his ideas, pray for that person regardless of how you may feel about him. These are the substantive steps that can be used to lead each person to the triumph of the Father and the love of Jesus Christ.

- JuandelaCruz
(sriddle415 at yahoo dot com)

Lives of the saints:

Saturday in the First Week of Advent

Saint Francis Xavier, priest

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