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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 11, A.D. 2006

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 35:1-10
Psalm 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14
Luke 5:17-26

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Advent speaks to us of preparation and hope, of deserts springing forth in bloom. All of us can fill up our roads with self-made barriers, but basically because Christ died on the cross for us, our road is now free of obstacles. As baptized Christians, we are already welcomed as future citizens of heaven. Christ refers to us as His brothers and sisters.

Each of us is called personally by Christ to be perfect, to be a saint. What an invitation! Advent reminds us of this opportunity for complete union with Christ. Why would any of us decline such an invitation? What can be of more value . . . money, relationships, laziness? These all fade in comparison.

Let our deserts bloom with Christ!

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

Monday of the Second Week of Advent

St. Damasus I, pope

Lives of the saints:

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


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