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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 22, A.D. 2006

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Samuel 1:24-28
1 Samuel 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd
Luke 1:46-56

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

O come, King of all nations,
source of Your Church’s unity and faith:
Save all mankind, Your own creation!
Today’s “O Antiphon” (seen above) is an entreaty to the Lord, to come and save all mankind, His own creation!

It is a prayer that it is full of humility and wonder and awe at the magnificence of the Lord. Humility, in that the big round O is like the wide-open mouth of an innocent child—or perhaps even that of a mighty sinner who recognizes Who it is they are praying to. Add to that, wonder and awe because it acknowledges that all things have their origin and come into being by the will of God.

How important it is for us to remember that God longs only for our good, and as the Almighty, He has the power to save us. During this season we seem to cry out all the more for love and joy and peace to exist in our particular life circumstances and in the world, but we seldom recognize that God in His mysterious wisdom has made us His agents in His creative plan for good.

Let us then accept our responsibility and do what God has given us the grace to do, in order to bring about the long-desired peace of every human heart. Let the Word truly become Flesh, Flesh in our flesh so that God may dwell among us in all His goodness, truth and beauty.

O come,
King of all nations, source of Your Church’s unity and faith:
Save all mankind, Your own creation!

- Donna Nelson, OCDS
(drn3rd at hughes dot net)

December 22, 2006
Friday of the Third Week of Advent

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O Antiphons

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