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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 24, A.D. 2006


Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:



Micah 5:1-4a
Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:39-45



A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

How many times have we said to a small child, “Now, close your eyes and don’t peek!” Then as we bring out the birthday gift he has wanted so badly, we say, “Now, open your eyes!”

What joy we experience as we hear his gasp of delight, and see his eyes sparkle and dance! How happy God must have been to hear the cry of joy from Elizabeth as she greeted her cousin Mary in today’s Gospel. Elizabeth’s joy doubled as John the Baptist leaped in her womb at the presence of the unborn Jesus. Both Micah and Luke proclaim that, through a woman, the Savior of the world will appear on earth. When Mary traveled to the hill country to aid her cousin, both women, filled with the Holy Spirit, reveal the greatest miracle the world has ever known. Elizabeth is the very first in Scripture to announce that Mary is the Mother of the Redeemer, and she proclaims her blessed because she has believed what God said he would do in her. And Mary, also through the Holy Spirit, sings, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord . . . from now on all ages will call me blessed . . . the Mighty One has done great things for me.”

The Fourth Sunday of Advent is always a happy one, and even more so this year, since on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, the liturgy begins with violet vestments. Then later in the day, everything changes! The Church puts away the violet, and dons white and gold vestments to celebrate the Christmas vigil. There is only one proper response—joy, gratitude, and sharing love with everyone around us. Let both body and spirit sing, for God has broken into His world once more to repair the damage done by satanic forces masquerading under the mask of religion, as well as the confusion of our leaders and the weak faith and paralyzed hearts of many good people.

May all whom we visit this Christmas recognize in us, as Elizabeth did in Mary, a bearer of the Divine Child, ready to give birth to God’s love in our hearts this Christmas. May we be eager to help it grow in those around us in the months ahead through prayer and action.

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(pwhitmore29 at yahoo dot com)



Christmas Eve

Sunday, December 24, 2006

The Fourth Sunday of Advent











Lives of the saints:
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