Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 4, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 John 3:7-10
Psalm 98:1, 7-8, 9
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"We have found the Messiah!"
What reaction did this short statement from Andrew elicit from his
and others he told? Was it shock and surprise? Was it disbelief? Was it
and shouting? The scripture is silent on this so all is conjecture.
The Jews had long been expecting a political Messiah to lead them from
occupation and rule by the Romans and others. Perhaps Simon was
this when Andrew led him to Jesus. If he was not shocked when Andrew
him he had found the Messiah, he most certainly was when he met Jesus.
knew all about Simon, called him by name, then promptly changed his
This was no political or military Messiah, no this was something far
extraordinary, a man who knew Simon to the core and told him how his
would change as indicated by the change in his name.
Today we continue to find the Messiah.
We are certainly called to go to
others and repeat Andrew¹s words. But, more importantly, what do we
when we are led to Him and what is our reaction? Do we come to him on
knees in reverence of an almighty, all-loving God? Or are we simply
about the whole thing?
Do we come to Him thinking He is only there to
us more of something, or do we come in thanks for what He has given us
for the ultimate gift He gave us on the cross?
Peter most certainly realized immediately what he had encountered, and
life was forever changed.
- Don Claunch, SFO
(dlclaunch at bresnan dot net)
Lives of the saints:
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, religious
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