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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 4, A.D. 2006


Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:



Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4b, 4cd-5, 6-7, 8-9
Matthew 8:5-11



A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

The gospel of today is a very familiar one to many of us—the story of the centurion coming to Christ and asking that He heal his servant who was ill. Two themes stand out clearly that are key to our fuller participation in the liturgical season of Advent, but more importantly to our growth in spirituality. They are the themes of humility and faith, or trust in God.

Immediately in the conversation, the centurion announces to Christ that he is not worthy that Christ come into his house, but quickly follows up with the statement of faith. He knows in his heart that if Christ comes, the servant will be healed.

Humility is depicted throughout Advent by our Blessed Mother Mary, through her humble submission to the will of God that she bring forth the Savior. As we begin this beautiful season of Advent, let us consider how we are doing with the virtue of humility. It is the cornerstone on which Christ can build our relationship with Him.

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
(jmurphy at utica dot edu)



Monday of the First Week of Advent

St. John of Damascus, priest, doctor of the Church











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Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:
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