Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
December 12, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6, 10
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
Though today's readings center on the role of women in God's saving plan, their attitudes and actions, their receptivity, trust and obedience to God have a universal application. Scripture reveals that God created humanity to share in His divine life by learning to participate in His attributes, to reflect His holy Image of truth and love so that we might live at peace with Him and one another. Elizabeth and Mary brought God's life into this world, under extraordinary circumstances; they received and nurtured two lives, John the Baptist and Jesus Christ, the central figures in salvation history.
John prepared the way for Christ by revealing to God's chosen people their need to repent and be cleansed of their sin; by showing them their illness, he hoped to instill in them a hunger for hearing Christ's healing words which would show them the path to sanctification and salvation. Jesus did this, offering also to fulfill our humanity perfectly; for through the ministry of His Holy Spirit we would all be enabled to bear God's life into this world in our own flesh, to reflect His very goodness and holiness and so attract all mankind to accepting His new, blessed and joyful life.
Sadly, God's message has been fragmented, garbled, reviled or ignored; for many people are deprived of Christ's truth and love and so observe other people and life through sinful, myopic eyes. Also, many calling themselves Christian have no intimate knowledge of Christ through prayer, remain vulnerable to sin, indulge in wayward behavior and so bring disrepute to His way. Evidently, we do not live in the best of all possible worlds. Our only hope for improvement is turning to God in humility, trust and obedience to receive His Word wholeheartedly, and asking Him to heal us in heart, soul and spirit. He will always hear and answer this prayer.
O God of all hope, open our hearts to discard all that impairs Your goodness in this world and replace these with the wisdom, love and truth imparted to us through Your Spirit. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
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