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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 13, A.D. 2005

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Zephaniah 3:1-2, 9-13
Psalm 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19 and 23
Matthew 21:28-32

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Sometimes reflecting on the many things we have done wrong in our lives, is enough to make one sick, especially because so often there is no way to "make up" for the bad decisions we've made. In many cases the opportunity of the moment, was the fulcrum of so many others, is now gone. Too often we don't understand how all things are hinged together and effect everything else. As Julius Caesar once famously said: "Alea iacta est.” That is: “The die, has been cast.” Nothing can recalled!

Meditation on Sacred Scripture helps us to see the consequences of human behavior without the gloss of popular psychology which offers us all kinds of excuses. What is more, Holy Scripture allows us to see that with God there is a chance to make reparation, to make up for the wrong we have done. True, we might have lost precious opportunities in the realm of temporal things by our faulty decisions, but as long as we have a beating heart we have the wonderful opportunity to humbly and contritely, atone to God, for our transgressions. In return not only are we forgiven, but God offers us, as no human relationships can, the chance to turn even bad choices into an opportunity for good.

This gift of God's grace is evident in the themes of this beautiful season of expectation. May we be blessed to access God's mercy in this Season of Light.

Prepare Ye The Way of The Lord!

- Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
(drn3rd at hotmail dot com)

Lives of the saints:

Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent

St. Lucy, virgin and martyr

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


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