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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 19, A.D. 2005

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Judges 13:2-7, 24-25a
Psalm 71:3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17
Luke 1:5-25

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

The great day of the Lord draws ever nearer. From the prophecy of Isaiah nearly 800 years before the birth of Christ, to those of Malachi 500 years before the birth of Christ, to the Gospel story today of the Birth of John the Baptist we have God's prophets announcing His coming.

How long the ancient world waited! How long we wait! Prophecy in our day is not silent; we haven't had spans of 500 years where there have been no heralds of God's coming.

What are we to make of it? The only prudent thing is to prepare, pray and patiently wait, using every day the Lord gives us to be more worthy of His great love. When he was born, Jesus left the splendor of heaven to clothe himself in our flesh that we may someday inherit heaven.

Come again Lord Jesus, but this time leave not the splendor of heaven, but bring it with you and draw all who, through your love, have been saved.

Come Lord Jesus. Come!

- Donna Nelson, OCDS

Lives of the saints:

Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent

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