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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 18, A.D. 2006


Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:



Jeremiah 23:5-8
Psalm 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19
Matthew 1:18-25



A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Throughout the liturgical readings of Advent we have heard the concepts of Justice, Hope and Peace. We have been urged by our pastors to reflect on any barriers that might have arisen over time in our relationship with Christ and with others. Some have taken advantage of the "penance" services conducted at local parishes. In between other obligations we send out Christmas greetings which also speak of peace and love.

Eventually the hustle and bustle will die down and then the ongoing challenges begin, or continue. Are we conduits or messengers of Hope and Peace throughout the year? Do we treat others with a sense of Justice? When we see injustices done to others, do we do anything about it? Do our Christmas messages really live, or are they just a tradition that we carry out at this time of year, like putting up the decorations?

May the true meaning of Christmas shine throughout the year and may Mary, our mother, who carried Jesus in her womb, help us to carry Him to others throughout the entire year!

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



Monday of the Third Week of Advent











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