Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
December 16, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11
Psalm 80:2ac and 3b, 15-16, 18-19
Matthew 17:9a, 10-13
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
History is full of examples where God gave signs to His people, only to have them ignored, or worse. In many cases, the messengers—God’s prophets—were mistreated and even killed. Yet, His people still looked for a sign. Today we hear that John the Baptist was sent as another sign to tell of the Lord’s coming. While he attracted many to his call, he paid the ultimate sacrifice of martyrdom.
We know that Jesus will return again and He spoke of signs that would occur when that time was near. But more importantly, does Jesus give us signs that He is present with us here and now? Do we see these signs for what they are and recognize Christ in our lives?
Perhaps a prayer was answered. Perhaps a small miracle happened in your life. Perhaps it is something more subtle, like a gentle peace that comes over you. Open your ears, your eyes and your heart and rejoice, knowing that Jesus is with you always.
- Don Claunch, SFO
(dlclaunch at bresnan dot net)
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