Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
December 30, A.D. 2005
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Sirach 3:2-7, 12-14
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"...my eyes have seen your salvation, a light, to the Gentiles
and glory for Israel."
(see: Luke 2: 30 and 32)
With a divorce rate approaching 60% of marriages, we may ask the reason
its great rise over this past century. The answer is the ever growing
secularization of society, a systematic disposal of the truths inherent
We now worship a perverted freedom that rationalizes and
accepts the destruction of innocent human life. By so cheapening
we have lost our ability to truly love; for who can love persons
to be disposable lumps of flesh, accidents of nature, as some
claim. With God "out of the loop" we eliminate human dignity and
reduce ourselves to beasts centered on self-preservation, comfort and
pleasure. With family structure destroyed, we spawn an increasing
Today's readings should alert us to turning away from our suicidal
Sirach expresses God's way of maintaining peace and unity within
mutual respect and committed love between their members.
us of those traits that promote unity and harmony within family and
community--being kind, humble, forgiving, generous and wise in our
relationships. Essential is our accepting Christ as the living Word of
and adopting as our own His revealed love and truths. Faith in Him
strengthens our will and ability, and by the grace imparted to us
the Holy Spirit, we become God's holy people. The chaotic state of
world's morality and ethics is the result of our refusal to live in
"light" by coming to know and obeying the Source of all "good."
Almighty Father, open our hearts to receive
Christ's new life that you have offered to us.
May we then live in His glory and peace,
united in mind and heart with our Savior.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
Lives of the saints:
Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
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