Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 8, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13
Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Today, the prophecy of Isaiah (first reading) is fulfilled: "Nations
walk by your light, and kings by your shining radiance ...all from
shall come bearing gold and frankincense." And that rough barn floor,
trampled by excited shepherds and awestruck artisans and laborers, is
further crushed by camels' hooves. And dignified strangers from the
proffer the very gifts prophesied so long ago! In their innocence,
have alerted the wily Herod; in their wisdom, they have kept the exact
location of the Infant safe. And so they pay their respects, leave
gifts, and modestly depart for their homeland, sorrowfully aware of the
terrible price justice must pay for Peace.
Their role in history has been accomplished ‹ to teach us all to follow
guidance of the Almighty, to accept our own role as Bearers of the
and to follow this Christ into His Mission, to partake of His Passion,
to join the millions through the ages who will preach His Gospel of
The Son of God is the one Judge and Arbiter of Truth and the one Source
Light, but we are all called to be łepiphanies˛, providing glimpses of
Truth, showing the way in our own small spots of time and circumstance
larger plan and destiny.
Princely Child, make of us all wise men, courageous women, obedient
who will follow wherever you lead us until we reign with you in the
heaven where love is fulfilled in joy, and all darkness lost in a Light
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(smartins at frontiernet dot net)
Lives of the saints:
The Epiphany of the Lord
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