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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 1, A.D. 2006

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Revelation Rev 20:1-4, 11—21:2
Psalm 84:3, 4, 5-6a and 8a
Luke 21:29-33

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

The Book of Revelation (from which today’s first reading comes) is a vision full of mysterious symbolism. When we have been properly instructed on the symbolism some of the things that seem so mysterious and strange become more understandable or so it seems. There is however, even then, an underlying realization that we don’t understand fully the mystery of our creation, our human fall from grace and the wonder of Christ’s love which redeems us.

As a naturally curious human being I want to know it all: the details, the nuances, the beauty of God’s intricate plan. That however, is reserved for the final days when all will be revealed with, I am sure, remarkable clarity and probably frightening reality.

In the meantime according to God’s desire, we have purview to some knowledge, some information, actually all that is required for us to respond lovingly to God. We need not be Scripture scholars or have special access to programs of instruction because we have come “hardwired” to recognize and respond to God’s gifts of grace.

Let us then read Holy Scripture not so much to learn and know the heart and mind and plans of God, but above all to seek Him with faith, in hope and above all with love.

“Be watchful and ready; you know not when the Son of Man is coming.”
(Matthew 24:42, 44)

- Donna Nelson, OCDS
(drn3rd at hughes dot net)

December 1, 2006

The Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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