Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
December 3, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14
1 Thessalonians 3:12—4:2
Luke 21:25-28, 34-36
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Every year as the dark and cold of winter close in, the Church proclaims a new beginning. Grace runs counter to nature; just when the northern hemisphere of our planet is plunged into darkness, those who enter our churches for weekly praise see a single candle lighted, followed by another and another each week as a sign of hope. Religious symbols bear an intense weight of meaning, going back centuries. That candle tells us that history is repeating itself. It tells us that the world has seen terror and despair before. Many times in ages past, when peace seemed impossible, that Advent candle has sparked new hope and inspired new energy to fight the hatred of that day.
And so it must do again, heralding yet another explosion of divine love into our present hatreds, wars, and religious divisions. Even at this writing, our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI is in Turkey on a mission of peace to the Moslem world. As did St. Francis of Assisi during the Third Crusade, he too, is risking his life in an attempt to alter the course of history.
As Jeremiah announced that God was sending a “just shoot” to assist King David, to do “what is right and just in the land,” so we pray that God be with our Holy Father as he attempts to aid our present world leaders. Only the power of divine love can bring reconciliation and a new world harmony, so, too, our fervent prayer. As St. Paul urged the Thessalonians in the second reading, he urges us to be filled with the power of love and to “make even greater progress” in prayer and good works for the sake of the Kingdom.
May our Advent observance have a new urgency as we earnestly beg the Prince of Peace to fill minds and hearts with new directions possible only through the electric power of His love. Come, Lord Jesus, come!
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(pwhitmore29 at yahoo dot com)
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